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Title: CHOOSING A TOPIC


1
Elements of Writing
  • CHOOSING A TOPIC
  • AND DRAFTING A THESIS

2
Thesis Statements
  • A well-structured and well-organized thesis
    statement will enable your reader to know what to
    expect as well as provide you with an outline for
    your essay.
  • Therefore, the more time and effort you put into
    writing the thesis, the easier it will be to
    construct that essay.
  • Think of your essay as something you are arguing
    and your thesis statement as how you will prove
    your argument

3
Thesis Statements
  • Your thesis statement
  • should be the last sentence of first paragraph
  • should convey your opinion
  • should give the reasons you will use to support
    your position
  • should not be a question.
  • should have a focus or main point with 3
    supporting reasons
  • should be specific in word choice and not vague
    or broad
  • should not have a lot, many, several, most, etc.
    in statement
  • For Example
  • Melinda Sordino lost her identity, lost her
    voice, and lost her childhood however, due to
    never truly giving up, she learned to speak up,
    fight back, and to live again.

4
Thesis Statements
  • Before you even begin to think about your thesis,
    there are several questions that you should ask
    yourself. Consider the following
  • 1. What is the essay question asking?
  • Look for key words compare/contrast, discuss,
    and explain, argue, etc.
  • For Example, choose ONE symbol from the novel
    and explain its significance to Melinda
    throughout the entire novel.

5
Thesis Statements
  • 2. What aspect of this question will you be
    writing about?
  • 3. What is your evidence?
  • In a five-paragraph essay, you should cite three
    pieces of evidence to support your claim. These
    examples will later be transformed into topic
    sentences for your body paragraphs.
  • a) first piece of evidence (your first reason)
  • b) second piece of evidence (your second reason)
  • c) third piece of evidence (your third reason)

6
Sample Thesis Statements
  • LeBron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in
    2010 negatively impacted Cleveland local
    businesses, the community, and the overall
    definition of being a role model to todays
    youth.
  • What is the main point?
  • What are the 3 supporting reasons?
  • Is this a persuasive or expository thesis?

7
Sample Thesis Statements
  • The Middle is a TV show that all people should
    take the time to watch because it is funny,
    viewers can relate to the characters, and it
    offers a realistic depiction of a middle class
    familys struggles.
  • What is the main point?
  • What are the 3 supporting reasons?
  • Is this a persuasive thesis or expository thesis?

8
  • The quote by Mitch Albom, Money is not a
    substitue for tenderness, and power is not a
    substitute for tenderness, is contradicted by
    Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet,
    who use their wealth and power to make a
    difference in the world.
  • What is the main focus?
  • What are the 3 areas of support?
  • Is this expository or persuasive?

9
Thesis Statements
  • Thesis statements can be written in a variety of
    formats.
  • You can choose one are of focus without any
    supporting points in your thesis.
  • You can choose 1 area of focus with one
    supporting point in your thesisusing this would
    limit you to discussing only one area of support
    to prove or explain your thesis.
  • You can choose 1 area of focus with 2 supporting
    details in your thesisusing this would limit you
    to only proving or explaining your main focus
    with 2 details.
  • You can even break your thesis into 2 sentences.
  • You can choose 2 area of focus with 3 supporting
    detailsThis is the thesis you will learn and
    perfect in 9th grade.

10
Your Turn
  • Using your guidelines for the Speak essay, choose
    from one of the 6 essay topics.
  • Come up with your main point you want to say
  • My main point is _________________________________
    _____
  • Then, choose three different reasons (evidence)
  • Reason 1
  • Reason 2
  • Reason 3--
  • Then, tie them together in one well-developed
    sentence.
  • ______________________________________
  • ______________________________________
  • A DRAFT OF YOUR THESIS STATEMENT IS DUE TOMORROW
    11/13 AT THE BEGINNIN OF CLASS.

11
Thesis Statements
  • Practice-Write a thesis statement for one of the
    following questions
  • 1) Should students be required to take a Physical
    Education elective? Why or why not.
  • 2) Subject Should the school employ a dress
    code? Why or Why not?
  • 3) What is the best restaurant in Strongsville?
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