Presentation on theme: "A Road Map for Your Essay"— Presentation transcript:
1 A Road Map for Your Essay The Thesis StatementA Road Map for Your EssayIntroductionESSAYThesis StatementBody Paragraph #1Body Paragraph #2Body Paragraph #3
2 What’s a thesis statement???? IntroductionThesis StatementsAfter you have brainstormed and you have some mainideas of what you would like to write in your essay, you canbegin thinking about writing a thesis statement.What’s a thesis statement????
3 Definition Thesis Statement A thesis statement is a complete sentence that contains one main idea. This idea controlsthe content of the entire essay. A thesisstatement that contains subpoints also helps areader know how the essay will be organized.
4 Thesis Statement Another Example Psychologists have argued for decades about how a person’s character is formed. Numerous psychologists believe that one’s birth order (i.e. place in the family as the youngest, oldest, or middle child) has the greatest influence. I believe birth order can have a significant impact in the formation of a child’s character based on my own experience growing up in a family of four children because of one’s relationship with parents, relationships with others, and how one views responsibility as an adult.The thesis statement contains the main idea that controls the content of the essay.Subpoints in the thesis or nearby help the reader know how the essay will be organized
5 Key Features Thesis Statement states the main idea of the essay in a complete sentence, not in a question.is usually at the end of an introduction.states an opinion or attitude on a topic. It doesn’t just state the topic, itself.lists subtopics.For now will be in a set format (called a four point thesis) of:main topic because of reason a, reason b, and reason c.
6 Main Idea in a Complete Sentence Key FeaturesMain Idea in a Complete SentenceSince the thesis statement is the mainstatement for the entire essay, it should expressa complete thought and be a complete sentence.The thesis statement is asserting an opinion oridea, so it should not be a question. Look at theexamples below to see how they can be madeinto thesis statements.
7 Main Idea in a Complete Sentence Key FeaturesMain Idea in a Complete SentenceThe sport of cross-country running.This is not a complete sentence.The sport of cross-country running has allowed meto get in better shape because my heart rate is increased, I have dropped weight, and I can run longer.Thesis StatementThis is a question, not a statement.Why do I want to be a teacher?Being a teacher is a great profession, because it allows me to work with students, be creative, and learn.Thesis Statement
8 Key Features Location Readers like to know what an essay will be about near the beginning of the essayrather than at the end. This is why the thesisstatement is often found at the end of theintroductory paragraph.
9 States an Opinion or Attitude Key FeaturesStates an Opinion or AttitudeGood thesis statements often express awriter’s opinion or attitude on a particular topic.This makes the thesis statement more specificand requires the writer to explain or provehis/her opinion in the essay. Look at theexamples below.
10 An Opinion or Attitude Another Example This would not be considered a good thesis statement, because it is only expressing a fact. It doesn’t reflect the writer’s opinion or attitude on Cancun. This thesis statement doesn’t give the writer very much to explain or prove in his/her essay.Cancun is a popular vacation spot in Mexico.Cancun is one of the best vacation spots in Mexico because of its comfortable climate, proximity to some well-known archeological sites, and beautiful resorts.This thesis statement is much better because it expresses how the writer feels about Cancun. This thesis statement requires the writer to explain how and why going to Cancun is a good choice for visitors.
11 Key Features Subtopics You can make your thesis statement more specific by including subtopics or supportingideas. By doing this, you give your reader aclear idea of what will follow in the bodyparagraphs of your essay.
12 Key Features Subtopics The large influx of people to California has had major effects on the state.No subtopics are named in this thesis statement.subtopic #2The large influx of people to California has had major effects on the ability of the state to provide housing, electricity, and jobs for all residents.subtopic #1subtopic #3This statement names three subtopics. Can you find all of the subtopics?
13 Don’t State the Obvious Key FeaturesDon’t State the ObviousIn thesis statements, you should avoid usingstatements like, “This essay will discuss…” or“I’m going to write about…”. Try to write athesis statement that captures your reader’sattention without announcing your main topicand stating the obvious. Look at the examplesbelow.
14 Don’t State the Obvious Key FeaturesDon’t State the ObviousIn this essay, I am going to discuss the effects of long-term drug abuse.Long-term drug use can have disastrous effects on one’s marriage, career, and health.
15 Practice ExercisesNow, you are ready to practice what you’ve learned. Using the two following prompts create a thesis statement, then SHOW me you are ready to move on by putting your pencil down and staying quiet.Thesis Statement Checklist:states the main idea of the essay in a complete sentence, not in a question.is usually at the end of an introduction.states an opinion or attitude on a topic. It doesn’t just state the topic, itself.often lists subtopics.
16 Practice PromptsWork on creating a thesis statement for the following prompts: BY YOURSELF, they need to be in four point thesis format.Show me you have completed your thesis statement by having your pencil or pen on your desk and staying quietResearch indicates that our society has become more violent. Crime is on the rise in both urban and rural areas. Many adults are convinced that popular movies and video games encourage young people to become violent. Do you agree or disagree with the opinion that modern movies and/or video games have contributed to the rise of violent crime in the United States? Try to persuade the reader to support your point of view. Support your position with specific reasons and examples.Due to potential problems, many school systems have adopted a policy that bans cell phones and pagers on school grounds. However, some parents have provided these items out of concern for safety. Do you agree or disagree that cell phones and pagers should be banned on school grounds? Now write an essay in which you convince the reader of your opinion. Support your position with specific reasons and examples.
17 Turn to a partner:First make sure your partners thesis statement has all four checklist items:It has:the main topicsubtopicsStates an opinion or attitudeIs in the correct format:___________ because of _____,_____, and ________.
18 ONE YOUR OWNWith the three prompts that are in your portfolio create a thesis statement for each.It must be in the four point thesis formatI will be checking portfolios this weekend, ESPECIALLY your thesis statements