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Title: WRITING%20THE%20THESIS


1
WRITING THE THESIS
  • Before writing a thesis statement, the writer
    must be aware of his or her audience and purpose.
  • The thesis becomes the GPS that drives the
    essay.
  • Agenda
  • Review
  • Group Practice
  • Individual Work Time

2
WHAT IS A THESIS?
  • THE HUGE ESSENTIAL SENTENCE IS STATED

3
A thesis statement
  • Presents your opinions or thoughts on a subject
    or an issue.


4
GPS
  • GREAT POINT(S) STATED
  • GIVES PAPERS STRATEGIES
  • GIVES THE PARAGRAPHS STRUCTURE

5
THESISGPS
  • WHAT YOU PLAN TO ARGUE
  • HOW YOU PLAN TO ARGUE IT

6
A GOOD THESIS IS
  • A declarative sentence with no qualifiers (might,
    maybe, perhaps, etc.)
  • Avoids general phrasing and/or sweeping words
    such as all or none or every

7
THESIS development
  • The THESIS provides the reader with a map to
    guide him/her through your essay

8
To begin your trip
  • You must form an opinion and state it clearly.
  • Question must be relevant.
  • Be sure you have approached your evidence fairly,
    without bias.

9
A thesis statement
  • Should never contain the following in my
    opinion, I think, I believe, etc.
  • Why?
  • Avoids the first person-uses literary present
    tense

10
HOW? OR WHY?
  • A GOOD THESIS INSPIRES A REASONABLE READER TO
    ASK
  • A GOOD THESIS DIRECTS THE READER TOWARD THE TOPIC
    SENTENCES

11
TAKE THE DIRECT ROUTESHORT AND SIMPLE
  • A good thesis statement is direct
  • It should be no longer than one sentence,
    regardless of essay length.

12
Does Gatsby achieve the American Dream?
  • 1. Caught up in the material world that surrounds
    him, Gatsby is unable to find happiness,
    ultimately revealing that he falls short of
    achieving the American Dream.
  • 2. Because Gatsby fails to obtain Daisy and his
    wealth through moral means, his life proves to be
    unsuccessful, revealing that he does not achieve
    the American dream

13
Is Gatsbys story more reflective of the American
nightmare?
  • 1. During his pursuit of the American Dream,
    Gatsby is stuck in time and is lonely, which are
    more reflective of the American Nightmare.
  • 2. The voids in Gatsbys life evince his internal
    struggle with his own reality, revealing his life
    to be more reflective of the American Nightmare.

14
Does Gatsby deserve the title, The Great?
  • 1. Due to his insatiable desires which ultimately
    lead to his own downfall, Gatsby does not deserve
    the title the Great.
  • 2.Through his personality and hard work Gatsby
    achieves the American dream, proving his
    greatness.

15
Is Nick the protagonist of the novel? If not, who
is?
  • While the story is described through Nicks eyes,
    he focuses mainly on the dynamic tragic hero
    Gatsby from his first encounter until his
    funeral, making Gatsby the central protagonist.
  • By moving the plot forward, Nicks dynamic
    character and his own internal growth
    distinguishes himself from the others, and
    displays him as the novels true protagonist.
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