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1 An LAVC Writing Center Workshop Presentation

2  It is one sentence.  It states the main idea or argument of youressay.  It is typically placed at the end of theintroduction paragraph.  It lets your reader know what to expect.  It is the basis for your entire essay.  It is the most important part of your essay.  It is awesome (kinda ).

3 1. The topic/subject. 2. Your opinion of the topic. Quick Activity: Pick a subject that you feel you can support or disprove and try to think of three things you feel support your idea. For example: LAVC is a great college because of their experienced teachers, skilled tutoring offices, and welcoming academic environment.

4  The Thesis is the central idea of attention within an essay  It tells the reader what position you are supporting about the subject in the essay.  The thesis must always be a complete sentence that is: specific, succinct, and suggestive of the organization to be followed in the essay.

5  The THESIS STATEMENT doesn’t always come first in the writing process, but it is good to develop it early so you can use it as a guide for your paper.  I am writing about ____________, and I am going to argue, show, or prove that _________, by stating that ___________, _____________, and _____________.

6  Just as E = mc²…E = mc²  Subject + Opinion = Thesis

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9  The first sentence of your introductory paragraph should contain an attention getter, which is a sentence that attracts your reader’s attention makes them want to read further.  The introduction paragraph of an essay provides the reader with a general survey of information of the subject being discussed.

10  Once all necessary and relevant background knowledge is stated, it is typically then that a thesis statement can be declared in the last sentence of the introduction paragraph.

11  After the Thesis Statement, an essay has body paragraphs. Each body paragraph should be at least 3-4 sentences long and will include a topic sentence and concluding sentence to let the reader know what that paragraph will discuss.  These body paragraphs should discuss what you have stated in your Thesis Statement using evidence to back up your claims.

12  After your body paragraphs, you will have a conclusion paragraph that is located at the very end of your essay.  Your conclusion paragraph should restate the ideas in your Thesis, but in a different way. Conclude your thoughts and let the reader know why you have successfully proved your point.

13  A beginning THESIS STATEMENT: A is B.  A better THESIS STATEMENT: A is B because of x, y, and z  A more complex THESIS STATEMENT: Although C is D, A is B because of x, y, and z.

14  BASIC THESIS (just alright!): Community colleges are an important part of California’s educational system.  MORE COMPLEX THESIS (much better!): Community colleges are an important part of California’s educational system because they are a more cost-effective way to attain a degree, classes are smaller, and they prepare students for the demands of University life.

15  VERY COMPLEX THESIS (perfect!!): Although many students want to go straight from high school to a four-year university, community colleges are an important part of California’s educational system because they are a more cost- effective way to attain a degree, classes are smaller than at most four-year universities, and they prepare students for the demands of University life.

16  Although is a conjunction that means, “in spite of the fact; even though,” and is helpful in connecting and comparing/contrasting different, but related, ideas.  Because is also a conjunction that means, “for the reason that; since,” and is useful for offering insight and introducing supporting details for a claim.

17  Thesis statements that are too broad and general will lead to an essay that lacks focus.  Certain words may be used to narrow the focus of an argument, as well as expand a thesis statement to make it as specific as possible.  EXAMPLE: “While, “Although,” “Because”:  “While/Although the rise of industrialization led to the expansion of global trade relations, the conditions of working class people deteriorated because __________, _________, and _____________.

18  CONNECT-THE-THESIS Worksheet  Create your own THESIS STATEMENTS!  Anyone can do it!

19  http://www.lavc.edu/WCweb/ http://www.lavc.edu/WCweb/  http://thewritingcenter.edulounge.net/ http://thewritingcenter.edulounge.net/  http://studenthacks.org/2007/11/06/thesis- statement/ http://studenthacks.org/2007/11/06/thesis- statement/  http://www.csu.edu.au/division/studserv/le arning/essay/structure.htm http://www.csu.edu.au/division/studserv/le arning/essay/structure.htm


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