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WRITING AN EFFECTIVE THESIS STATEMENT
What is a thesis statement? Short 1-2 sentence statement Gives an opinion about a topic Directly answers the prompt Clearly written Usually at the end of the introductory paragraph
Why is it important? Keeps you focused and organized Helps the reader understand the point of your essay First thing they look for on the writing HSPE
How do I write one? Read the essay prompt carefully Do your brainstorming/prewriting Follow the 4 Steps
Step 1: Identify your Topic Prompt: Write a five paragraph essay that explains whether or not you believe global warming to be a serious issue that effects our planet. Use evidence to justify your position. What is the Topic? Global Warming
Step 2: State your Opinion Global warming is a serious problem
Step 3: Use ‘the Rule of Three’ Why is global warming a serious problem? 1. It could cause drought and famine 2. Flooding could damage property 3. Rising sea levels = large scale migration away from coastal regions
Step 4: Write your Thesis In my opinion, global warming is a serious problem because it could cause famine, large scale destruction of property, and mass migration from coastal urban areas.
Topic vs. Thesis Topic: The War on Terror Opinion: The government’s reaction to the War on Terror has made our lives less private. Thesis: One major consequence of America’s War on Terror has been the erosion of its citizen’s right to privacy.
Examples In my opinion, mandatory military service would teach young people discipline, benefit the community, and make our country safer. In my opinion, the death penalty is immoral because innocent people could be executed, it is applied in a racist manner, and it doesn’t appear to deter crime. Giving every student a laptop computer will help young people to communicate with teachers, improve their research skills, and get better grades.
Common Mistakes 1. Making an announcement: I want to share some of my thoughts with you about the use of cell phones in schools. 2. Just stating a topic: Drug use in schools. 3. Making it too broad: Drug addiction is a big problem. 4. Making it too narrow: Drug addiction has had a massive impact in the hygiene of third generation Irish American vegan democrats.
Practice #1 In your opinion, is violence an acceptable form of protest? Use evidence from the videos and article to support your opinion.