Whats a thesis? The subject of your essay + your opinion about it A single sentence that formulates both your topic (subject) and your point of view (opinion) Your answer to the central question or problem you have raised Explains the purpose of your paper Answers the question Whats your point? From The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6 th ed, by Joseph Gibaldi.
A strong thesis should… …be a complete sentence. …be debatable. …be specific. …be a strong statement that takes a stand. …communicate your opinion or idea about a topic. Adapted from Thesis Statements (available online at http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/thesis_statement.shtml).
good thesis…or not? World hunger has many causes and effects. This thesis is too general to be useful. NOT
good thesis…or not? Hunger is a problem in African countries because jobs are scarce and farming is rarely profitable. This thesis takes a standhunger is a problemand gives specific reasons for that problem. GOOD
good thesis…or not? There are positive and negative aspects to Banana Herb Tea supplement. This thesis does not take a standis Banana Herb Tea good or bad? NOT
good thesis…or not? Because Banana Herb Tea supplement promotes rapid weight loss that results in the loss of muscle and lean body mass, it poses a potential danger to customers. This thesis takes a standBanana Herb Tea is dangerousand gives specific reasons for that stand. GOOD
good thesis…or not? Welding is a good career choice. While this thesis does focus on one idea, its not yet specific enough to be helpful. NOT
good thesis…or not? Kanye West is a talented rapper, but Jay-Z is good, too. This thesis has more than one ideaits not clear whether the paper is going to be about Kanye or Jay-Z. NOT
good thesis…or not? Barack Obama is the current President of the United States. This is a true statement, but theres nothing about it thats up for discussion. NOT
good thesis…or not? Blues guitar is a unique art form because of the opportunities for expression and self-reflection it offers the musician. This thesis is a single, specific sentence that clearly explains what the paper will be about. GOOD
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Reading tips Some may contain difficult words – use a dictionary if necessary Many involve metaphors – think about what types of people, events, or other things the characters in the proverb might represent
Poster project Pick a proverb Illustrate it Explain its meaning Tell why you think its important Create an original proverb and repeat the process