Presentation on theme: "A thesis statement: Is the main idea that you are trying to convey in your work. States plainly what you are trying to persuade your reader to believe."— Presentation transcript:
A thesis statement: Is the main idea that you are trying to convey in your work. States plainly what you are trying to persuade your reader to believe. You make an ASSERTION you intend to support. Assertion: (n) A confident and forceful statement of fact or belief
Example of a Fact “The number of cases of skin cancer per thousand U.S. citizens has increased steadily since the 1920s.” This could not be a thesis unless you were presenting a scientific essay on skin cancer rates.
Sample of a thesis statement: “That rates of skin cancer have increased steadily since the 1920s reveals the danger of the American obsession with getting a ‘healthy’ tan.” This is a thesis because it requires argument and support.
Alternative Thesis Statements “The increase in the rate of skin cancer since the 1920s derives more from Americans’ longer average lifespan than from the popularity of tanning.” “The thinning of the ozone layer has potentially devastating long-term effects on the public health, as shown by the increase in the rate of skin cancer.”