#9 - Thesis statement
HOW TO WRITE A THESIS STATEMENT
WHAT IS A THESIS STATEMENT?
ü It's the single, specific claim that your essay supports.
ü It is not simply an observation, a question or a promise. It includes a topic, a precise opinion and reasoning.
PARTS OF A THESIS STATEMENT
1. The subject: the topic of your essay.
2. The precise opinion: your opinion on the subject of your essay.
3. The blueprint of reasons: This is where you show your reader how you plan to argue and prove your opinion. Typically, you should have 3 strong pieces of evidence to support your opinion. Later, you will expand on each detail in the body of the essay.
The Thesis Statement tells your reader:
ü Where you are going in your essay.
ü How you plan on getting there.
WHEN YOU ARE COMPOSING THESIS STATEMENTS, YOU NEED TO KNOW THE FOLLOWING:
· YOUR TOPIC: what your paper will deal with.
· YOUR CLAIM: what you think about the topic.
· REASONS THAT SUPPORT YOUR CLAIM: 3 points that will persuade your readers to believe your claim.
These points can be listed:
1. at the beginning of the thesis statement.
2. at the end of the thesis statement.
3. in the sentence after the thesis statement.
(You can also have a thesis with no points listed)
- Jerz, Dennnis G. (2006) How to write an A+ thesis statement, from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=233&v=5HePQWodWiQ
- Heafner, Chris (2011) Thesis Statements--How to Construct and Compose (A Review), from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=301&v=DfUkhdh8Z08