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Warm Up What are the keys to a great thesis statement? EXTENSION: Read the textbook excerpt about the Safavid Empire on your desk.
Objective Create an AWESOME thesis that makes an argument for the question: How did leaders of the Gunpowder Empires overcome the challenges of governing religiously diverse populations?
Safavid Treatment of Non-Shi’ites 1.With your partner, read each document one at a time. 2.As you read, practice annotating the text. -Be sure to identify words you don’t know 3.After reading a document, determine if it is an example of religious tolerance or intolerance. 4.Make a list of examples of religious tolerance and intolerance in your class notes section (T- chart would work well here)
A thesis statement: is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper. directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. makes a claim that others might dispute. is a single sentence at end of your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. – The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.
Questions to consider What is the main idea of your paper in 25 or fewer words? What is the assignment asking? How can you answer that question AND focus on a small area of investigation? What "code words" (such as "relative freedom" or "lifestyles") does the draft of my thesis statement contain? Are these words adequately explained? As you read over your paper, have you supported the thesis or digressed? Where? How?
A good thesis statement will usually include the following four attributes: 1.take on a subject upon which reasonable people could disagree 2.deal with a subject that can be adequately treated given the nature of the assignment 3.express one main idea 4.assert your conclusions about a subject
How to Tell a Strong Thesis Statement from a Weak One A strong thesis statement takes some sort of stand. Remember that your thesis needs to show your conclusions about a subject. For example, if you are writing a paper for a class on fitness, you might be asked to choose a popular weight-loss product to evaluate. Here are two thesis statements:
Weak or strong? There are some negative and positive aspects to the Banana Herb Tea Supplement. This is a weak thesis statement. First, it fails to take a stand. It’s a flip-flop! Second, the phrase negative and positive aspects is vague. 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 is a strong thesis because it takes a stand, and because it's specific.
A strong thesis statement justifies discussion. Your thesis should indicate the point of the discussion. If your assignment is to write a paper on kinship systems, using Iranian families as an example, you might come up with either of these two thesis statements:
Weak or strong While most American families would view consanguineal marriage as a threat to the nuclear family structure, many Iranian families believe that these marriages help reinforce kinship ties in an extended family. This is a strong thesis because it shows how one group’s experience contradicts a widely-accepted view. A good strategy for creating a strong thesis is to show that the topic is controversial. Readers will be interested in reading the rest of the essay to see how you support your point. Most Iranians have an extended family. This is a weak thesis because it merely states an observation. Your reader won’t be able to tell the point of the statement, and will probably stop reading.
A strong thesis statement expresses one main idea. Readers need to be able to see that your paper has one main point. If your thesis statement expresses more than one idea, then you might confuse your readers about the subject of your paper. For example:
Weak or Strong Companies need to exploit the marketing potential of the Internet, and Web pages can provide both advertising and customer support. This is a weak thesis statement because the reader can’t decide whether the paper is about marketing on the Internet or Web pages. To revise the thesis, the relationship between the two ideas needs to become more clear. One way to revise the thesis would be to write: Because the Internet is filled with tremendous marketing potential, companies should exploit this potential by using Web pages that offer both advertising and customer support. This is a strong thesis because it shows that the two ideas are related. Hint: a great many clear and engaging thesis statements contain words like because, since, so, although, unless, and however.
A strong thesis statement is specific. A thesis statement should show exactly what your paper will be about, and will help you keep your paper to a manageable topic. For example, if you're writing a seven-to-ten page paper on hunger, you might say:
Weak or Strong World hunger has many causes and effects. This is a weak thesis statement for two major reasons. First, world hunger can’t be discussed thoroughly in seven to ten pages. Second, many causes and effects is vague. You should be able to identify specific causes and effects. A revised thesis might look like this: Hunger persists in Glandelinia because jobs are scarce and farming in the infertile soil is rarely profitable. This is a strong thesis statement because it narrows the subject to a more specific and manageable topic, and it also identifies the specific causes for the existence of hunger.
Organizational Thesis Provide an outline of paper’s main points For a 5 paragraph essay with 3 body paragraphs, this means 3 main points Each point in thesis corresponds to the topic of a body paragraph Don’t make topics too specific or too broad
Organizational Thesis Example: – The gunpowder empires were more similar than different because they were all created by using gunpowder weapons, were all ruled by Islamic leaders and all blended Islam with local cultures to create a new high point of Islamic culture. – Paragraph 1 – Using gunpowder weapons to create empire – Paragraph 2 – Ruled by Islamic leaders – Paragraph 3 – Blended local cultures and Islam to create new high point
Central Question for Today How did leaders of the Gunpowder Empires overcome the challenges of governing religiously diverse populations? Sample template: – The leaders of the Gunpowder Empires overcame the challenges of governing religiously diverse populations by practicing religious tolerance/intolerance, as shown by ______________, ________________, and _______________. – Successful/Unsuccessful Leaders of the Gunpowder Empires used religious tolerance/intolerance to govern their populations as demonstrated by ______________, _____________, and _____________.
Revision Exchange your thesis statement with table across from you. Peer edit – Is the thesis organizational – have 3 points? – Are the points “just right” – not too vague or specific – Is the thesis statement grammatically correct?
Exit Ticket On a separate sheet of paper, write your revised thesis statement. Make sure your name is on the paper.