Presentation on theme: "The Thesis Statement. A Brief Introduction Writing often takes the form of persuasion. What is persuasion? The use of language to convince someone that."— Presentation transcript:
A Brief Introduction Writing often takes the form of persuasion. What is persuasion? The use of language to convince someone that you’re right. You need to convince others that you have an interesting and logical point of view. You use persuasion everyday, whether you realize it or not
What is a thesis? After a brief introduction of your topic, you state your point of view on the topic directly and often in one sentence. A summary of the argument you'll make in the rest of your paper. You can also think of the thesis statement as an umbrella claim, which covers your other smaller claims.
Mrs. Jones’ Thesis “Lord Capulet…is a man whose excessive pride ruins his life and the lives of those around him.” This is a thesis because it is a broad claim—a claim that says two things: Capulet is a man of excessive pride (has a point of view) Capulet ruins lives (has a point of view)
A Thesis Should… tell the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion Lord Capulet’s excessive pride ruins lives be a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper This paper is accusing Lord Capulet of ruining people’s lives make a claim that others might dispute Lord Capulet is a man of excessive pride Capulet’s excessive pride ruins lives present your argument to the reader