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Title: Writing Thesis-Based Essays


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Writing Thesis-Based Essays
  • By Cathy Marvin

Reformatted by Patricia Burgey
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A Thesis-Based Essay Has
  • Thesis Statement
  • Introductory Paragraph
  • Body Paragraphs (A good body paragraph has 7-9
    sentences.)
  • Idea sentence
  • Supporting Sentences and quotations
  • Wrap-Up Sentence or Concluding Sentence
  • Conclusion Paragraph

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WritingThesis Statements
  • Make sure you know what theme you will use.
  • Make sure you have three examples of how your
    theme is illustrated in the text.
  • Use the following formula to write your theme.

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Formula for Thesis
__1__ illustrates the theme of ___2 ___ in __3__
through the use of _____4_______, __5_________,
and ______6________.
  • Authors Name
  • Theme you will use
  • The title of the novel (underlined)
  • 4-6.The three examples you will use to develop
    your thesis.

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Sample Thesis Statement
  • Harper Lee illustrates the theme of hypocrisy
    in To Kill a Mockingbird through Aunt Alexandra,
    Miss Gates, and Mrs. Meriweather.

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Your thesis statement is the last sentence of
your introduction.
  • DO NOT write any of the following sentences in
    your introduction
  • In this paper I will . . .
  • This paper will show you that . . .
  • The purpose of the paper is to . . .

So how DO you write an introduction?
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Writing an Introduction
  • Sentence 1 Mention the author, the book and
    some general statement about the plot of the
    book.
  • Sentence 2 Write a sentence that sort of sums
    up the plot.
  • Sentence 3 There are many themes that the
    author develops throughout the story.
  • Sentence 4 Some of these themes include . . .
    (list themes other than yours).
  • Sentence 5 Thesis Statement.

Wanna see an example?
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Sample Introduction
  • Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird is a
    poignant story about Scout and her brother Jem,
    and the trials they face growing up in Alabama in
    the 1930s. Scout and her brother Jem learn many
    lessons about their town, their father, and
    themselves. There are many themes Harper Lee
    emphasizes in the novel. Some of these themes
    include loss of innocence, love, prejudice, and
    fairness. Harper Lee develops the theme of
    hypocrisy in To Kill a Mockingbird through Aunt
    Alexandra, Miss Gates, and Mrs. Meriweather.

Your turn. Now you try it!!!
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How to write a body paragraph
  • Body paragraphs are composed of
  • Main idea sentence
  • Supporting detail sentences (2-3)
  • Quotations from the novel that prove your point
  • A wrap-up sentence

A good body paragraph has 7 9 sentences.
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Main Idea Sentence
  • TRANSITION
  • One way Harper Lee develops the theme of
    hypocrisy is through Aunt Alexandra, Scouts aunt
    who comes to live with the Finch family during
    the Tom Robinson trial.

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Supporting Detail Sentences and Quotations from
the Novel
  • The purpose of Aunt Alexandras visit is to
    teach Scout how to be a lady. Upon her arrival
    to Maycomb, Alexandra explains to Scout, We
    decided that it would be best for you to have
    some feminine influence (Lee 127). However,
    Scout does not want to learn how to be a lady.
    Alexandra also confuses Scout by her attitude
    toward people such as Walter Cunningham. She
    tells Scout that she should be gracious to
    everybody (127), but that she should not invite
    some people to their home because they are trash.
    Scout does not understand how anyone could be
    gracious and not invite someone home.

Mix the two elements together. Dont have two
quotations together.
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Wrap-up Sentence
  • Aunt Alexandras views are indeed
    hypocritical, and Scout, though only eight years
    old, recognizes the hypocrisy.

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Put it all together. . .
  • One way Harper Lee develops the theme of
    hypocrisy is through Aunt Alexandra, Scouts aunt
    who comes to live with the Finch family during
    the Tom Robinson trial. The purpose of Aunt
    Alexandras visit is to teach Scout how to be a
    lady. Upon her arrival to Maycomb, Alexandra
    explains to Scout, We decided that it would be
    best for you to have some feminine influence (Lee
    127). However, Scout does not want to learn how
    to be a lady. Alexandra also confuses Scout by
    her attitude toward people such as Walter
    Cunningham. She tells Scout that she should be
    gracious to everybody (127), but that she
    should not invite some people to their home
    because they are trash. Scout does not
    understand how anyone could be gracious and not
    invite someone home. Aunt Alexandras views are
  • indeed hypocritical, and Scout,
    though only
  • eight years old, recognizes the
    hypocrisy.

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  • Now you try!!!
  • Give it a whirl!!!

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Writing a Conclusion
  • Include the following in your conclusion
  • A quotation from the novel of some sort that
    deals with the theme in some way.
  • A re-stated sentence from the first body
    paragraph.
  • A re-stated sentence from the second body
    paragraph.
  • A re-stated sentence from the third body
    paragraph.
  • A clincher sentence that leaves the teacher
    dazzled!

This the HARD part!!!
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I knew you would ask!!!
  • Here is a sample conclusion
  • After Aunt Alexandras conversation with Jem and
    Scout about Walter Cunningham, Jem makes an
    insightful remark about Boo Radley, their
    neighbor I think Im beginning to understand
    why Boo Radleys shut up inside the house all
    this time . . . its because he wants to stay
    inside (227). There might be some truth to
    Jems comment because Boo recognizes how
    hypocritical some of Maycombs folks are. Aunt
    Alexandra holds hypocritical views regarding
    family background. Miss Gates is a hypocrite
    because she despises Hitler for persecuting the
    Jews, yet she feels the same toward the Negroes
    that Hitler feels toward the Jews. Mrs.
    Meriweather also shows her hypocritical side at
    the missionary meeting. Harper Lee strikes a
    sensitive nerve with the treatment of the theme
    of hypocrisy in her novel by showing that even
    children can recognize a hypocrite.

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Lets get writing!!!
  • Now that you know the formula for a good
    thesis statement and a great essay, lets get
    busy!!!
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