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Writers Workshop
  • AP European History

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  • Dont let this be you...

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The Thesis Statement
  • A thesis statement is a formal statement of the
    main idea that you want to present, which can be
    supported with evidence. Generally, a thesis
    statement appears at the end of the first
    paragraph of an essay, so that readers will have
    a clear idea of what to expect.
  • A thesis statement has 2 parts
  • Your topic - AND -
  • Your claim in regards to that topic

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In other words
  • SUBJECT
  • YOUR CLAIM THESIS

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Avoid creating thesis statements that are simply
statements of fact or based on emotion/opinion.
  • Wrong Steroids are hormone-like substances that
    act upon muscle tissue to make it stronger. (This
    is a simple statement of fact needing no
    support).
  • Wrong Steroid use is a foolish way to improve
    athletic performance. (This is a personal opinion
    based on emotion rather than reason).
  • Wrong Steroids can be dangerous. (This is a
    self-evident statement of truth).

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Create a thesis statement that takes a
stand.State your claim, and then set out to
prove it!
  • Correct Repeated steroid use poses a health risk
    to athletes and undermines the integrity of
    athletics. (This is a formal statement of the
    main idea, with a claim that can be supported by
    evidence.)

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  • Wrong Al Capone was a gangster in Chicago in the
    1920s.
  • Correct Al Capone became the most legendary
    gangster in the 1920s because of his ability to
    run his business syndicate like a government.

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  • Wrong Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly
    across the Atlantic Ocean.
  •  
  • Correct Amelia Earharts daredevil attitude
    toward flying and nonconformist conduct paved the
    way for women to challenge themselves in the 20th
    century.

9
Test your thesis statement!
  • Do I answer the essay question?
  • Have I made a claim?
  • Can my thesis be proven?
  • Does my essay support my thesis?

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Did you write a good thesis statement?
  • As you write and continually revise your paper,
    its okay to change your thesis statement.
    Sometimes you really dont know what you want to
    say until after youve started writing.
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