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Title: Writing Thesis Statements


1
Writing Thesis Statements
  • An Interactive Activity to Develop Effective
    Writing Skills

Adapted from http//www.slideshare.net/mr_rodrig
uez23/thesis-identifying-activity
2
Lesson Essential Questions
  • When given a writing prompt, how much do you have
    to read to understand the topic or purpose?
  • What is the purpose of writing a thesis
    statement?
  • What are the components of a strong thesis
    statement.

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Thesis Statements
  • Give direction

An essay without a thesis statement is like a car
without a driver
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What is a thesis statement?
  • A thesis statement is a sentence used in an essay
    that serves as the guide for the essay and
    directly answers the question or task asked of
    you.

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What is a thesis NOT?
  • A factual statement
  • A topic sentence
  • TOPIC SENTENCE
  • Bhutan is a small nation in South Asia.

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Characteristics of a Thesis Statement
  • Addresses the prompt clearly
  • Makes a claim or presents an argument
  • Is arguable (an opinion)
  • In first paragraph of essay
  • Does not use You or We

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Lets try to spot a thesis!
  • On each of the following slides, read the writing
    prompt and the two sample statements. Choose the
    one that is the best choice for a thesis

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1. Early on in life, people develop an admiration
for heroes. In a well-developed essay, discuss a
person you admire and why you chose this person.
Option A
One person I admire is Babe Ruth, who played
baseball from 1914 until 1935.
Option B
One person I admire is Babe Ruth, the greatest
baseball player of all time.
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Incorrect
Option A
One person I admire is Babe Ruth, who played
baseball from 1914 until 1935.
Although this does address the writing prompt,
this is a factual statement. A thesis statement
should be something you can argue for or against.
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Correct! Great Job!
Option B
One person I admire is Babe Ruth, the greatest
baseball player of all time.
This statement addresses the prompt, and presents
and opinion that can be argued.
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2. Research indicates that our society has become
more violent.  Crime is on the rise in both urban
and rural areas.  Many adults are convinced that
popular movies and video games encourage young
people to become violent. Do you agree or
disagree with the opinion that modern movies
and/or video games have contributed to the rise
of violent crime in the United States?
Option A
Violent crime is not caused by movies and video
games because it is the parents fault.
Option B
Young people are influenced more by their
parents, environments, and friends than they are
influenced by violent video games and movies.
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Incorrect
Option A
Violent crime is not caused by movies and video
games because it is the parents fault.
This thesis does present an opinion, but it
doesnt address the entire prompt. It doesnt
specify teen violence. How could all violent
crime be the parents fault?
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Correct!!!!
Option B
Young people are influenced more by their
parents, environments, and friends than they are
influenced by violent video games and movies.
This is correct because it addresses the all
aspects of the prompt and presents a clear
opinion. This thesis lets the reader know
exactly how the rest of the paper will be laid
out.
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3. State law requires high school students to
pass exit tests before they graduate from high
school. Consider carefully the advantages and
disadvantages of passing required exit tests.  Do
you agree or disagree with making high-stakes
exit tests, such as the Graduation Test, a
requirement for high school graduation?
Option A
Exit exams are a good idea because they can help
determine if students are ready for college or
work and help judge if teachers are doing their
jobs.
Option B
If a student can pass all of his classes, he
should still graduate.
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Correct! You are getting this!
Option A
Exit exams are a good idea because they can help
determine if students are ready for college or
work and help judge if teachers are doing their
jobs.
This statement gives an argument, it presents the
details asked for in the prompt, and makes
reference to reasons to support the prompt.
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Almost! But not quite.
Option B
If a student can pass all of his classes, he
should still graduate.
The reason it is not a good thesis is because it
does not address the whole prompt. Also it only
presents one point. This would work better as
part of a body paragraph.
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4. Your school board is considering presenting
all highschool classes online as a means of
cutting costs and taking advantage of technology.
Consider both situations real-time, interactive
virtual classrooms with all classes conducted
online so you could receive instruction while at
home, or classrooms filled with students and a
teacher inside of a school that you attend all
day. Decide how these different modes of
education would affect you, your classmates, and
the education you receive.
Option A
You shouldnt switch to online classes because we
dont have enough computers or money.
Option B
Online classes would not be a good idea because
some students do not have access to a computer
and there would be no teacher to help students
understand the subject.
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This one is tricky!
Option A
You shouldnt switch to online classes because we
dont have enough computers or money.
While this one does mention the prompt, it uses
you and we. Also, it is not a clearly
arguable statement.
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Correct! You are on a roll!
Option B
Online classes would not be a good idea because
some students do not have access to a computer
and there would be no teacher to help students
understand the subject.
This statement gives an argument, and address all
aspects of the writing prompt (topic, effect,
factors). Notice how you do not have to go into
detail, just give the reader a hint of what you
will write about.
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5. Technology has changed our country a great
deal in the last 10 years. Your social studies
class is debating the importance of many new
inventions in todays world. Decide which
invention you think is the most important.
Option A
Smart phones are the most important invention
from the last 10 years because they have changed
the way people learn, work, and communicate.
Option B
It is smart phones because they are like pocket
computers and help us do everything.
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You are ready to write!
Option A
Smart phones are the most important invention
from the last 10 years because they have changed
the way people learn, work, and communicate.
There is an opinion, the prompt is addressed, and
it outlines the details of the paper.
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Practice. You will get there.
Option B
It is smart phones because they are like pocket
computers and help us do everything.
Again, this would be a perfect thesis statement,
if the prompt was completely mentioned and if it
did not use us.
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Your Turn!!
  • You will know apply what you learned by writing
    your own thesis statements to writing prompts.

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When reading back your thesis, ask yourself a few
questions
Did I address all parts of the prompt?
Can I argue against this statement?
Is it clear and understandable?
Have you used you, we, or us?
Will I address all this in my essay?
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Prompt 1 Teenage DrivingWriting SituationThe
issue of teens and cars is widely debated. Some
people believe that having a car in high school
is a necessity. Others believe that cars play too
great a role in a teenagers life.Directions for
WritingWrite an article for your school
newspaper discussing the advantages and/or
disadvantages of high school students having
cars. Include reasons, examples, or evidence to
support your opinion.
  • Yes No

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Prompt 2 Free EducationWriting
SituationHistorically, Americans have shown how
much they value education by providing free
education for all students from kindergarten
through high school. Many Americans now believe
that education should be extended to include free
or low cost college or vocational training after
high school. Do you believe that some form of
education should be provided to high school
graduates at no cost or at a low cost?Directions
for WritingWrite a letter to your legislator
clearly expressing your position on the issue of
free or low cost education or training for high
school graduates. Convince the legislator to
support or oppose free or low cost education.
  • Yes No

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Prompt 3 Team WorkWriting SituationThe
business world has adopted the idea of
cooperation and team work to increase
productivity and solve problems. The belief is
that teams can accomplish more than one person
alone. Your English teacher has announced that
your class might do major projects working in
teams. If you had a choice, would you choose to
work as a team or to work alone?Directions for
WritingWrite a letter to your teacher convincing
him or her that students should or should not
work in teams. Include reasons and examples in
support of your position.
  • Yes No

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Prompt 4 Dropping outWriting SituationTwo of
your high school friends are thinking about
dropping out of school. They are juniors, and
they tell you they are tired of books, rules, and
useless classes. They want to get full-time
jobs, so they can buy a car, get an apartment,
and live the good life. Some students in your
class think your friends are doing the right
thing while others disagree. What do you think?
Directions for WritingWrite a letter to your
friends explaining why you support or oppose
their decision to leave school. Include reasons
and evidence for your opinion.
  • Yes No

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Prompt 5 After-school JobWriting
SituationWhen your grades began to fall, your
parents said that you would have to quit your
part-time job. Because you must make your own car
payments, this decision means that you will not
be able to keep your car. You are concerned that
you will get upset if you try to talk to your
parents. Instead, you decide to write
them.Directions for WritingWrite your parents a
letter in which you try to convince them that you
should be given another chance to improve your
grades without giving up your job and car. Make
your argument clear, complete, and convincing.
  • Yes No

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Prompt 6 Music for teensWriting SituationFor
generations, critics have complained about the
influence music has on young people. Yet music
continues to be an important part of a teenagers
life. What music is appropriate for
teens?Directions for WritingWrite a speech to
these critics explaining the type or types of
music that you consider appropriate for teens.
Present a well-developed argument.
  • Yes No
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