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2 Modified from a PowerPoint found at Susquehanna Township High School Ms. Teates Medical & Engineering Honors English

3  It can assert an argument, explain a topic, and/or analyze an issue.  It is specific in presenting the writer’s position  It limits both scope and topic of the paper.  It captures the reader’s interest and focuses that interest on the topic.  It gives the reader a sense of what the essay should be about.  Introduction paragraph should follow this format: o Attention getter (commonly known as a “hook”) o Introduce the topic o State the thesis

4  An persuasive paper makes a claim based on opinion, evaluation, or interpretation about a topic and proves this claim with specific evidence.  Persuasive thesis example: High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness. *If you have been asked to argue a point or choose a side on an issue, this is likely the type of thesis you will use. Source:

5  An analytical paper breaks the topic down into parts, examines each part, and determines how each part relates to the whole topic.  Analytical thesis example: An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds. *If you have been asked to analyze a topic, issue, or reading, this is the type of thesis you should use. Source:

6  An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.  Expository thesis example: The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers. *If you have been asked to narrate a story or explain a process, this is likely the type of thesis you will use. Source:

7  Announce your thesis: “In this essay, I am going to tell you about Mt. SAC college and why you should go there.” (Side note: Some instructors may encourage this type of statement, and always do what your instructor suggests)  Confuse your reader: Just make sure that the topic and point are clear.  Cannot be a fact: Doesn’t allow you to prove anything because it’s already factual.  Don’t be vague: Words like “good,” “bad,” “right,” and “wrong,” don’t convey specific meaning.  Cannot be a question: “Don’t you think animal testing is inhumane?” o Does not give the point of the paper. o Leaves it open for readers to fill in the blank.

8  1. Determine the essay or research paper’s topic.  2. Determine what type of paper your are writing: analytical, persuasive, or expository.  3. Create a preliminary thesis statement.  4. Evaluate your thesis statement using the Thesis Statement Checklist. (Found on the next slide.)  5. Write your essay or research paper and reevaluate your thesis statement.

9  Does the thesis statement address the topic given to you?  Is it written for the style of paper you are expected to write? Ex. Expository, argumentative, analytical  Will your thesis statement allow you to explore the topic fully?  Is my thesis too narrow? Is it a dead-end statement?  Is my thesis too vague? Should I focus on a more specific area?  Is my thesis worded clearly, succinctly, directly, and with proper grammar?  Does my thesis attempt to answer or explore a challenging question?  Does my thesis statement assert a single idea?

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