Brandon Thesis Statements
Transcript of Thesis Statements
What is a Thesis?
It is a single sentence usually at the end of your introductory paragraph..
It directly ANSWERS the PROMPT asked of you.
It makes a claim that others might dispute.
It is a ROAD MAP for the paper; it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
It tells the reader how you will INTERPRET the significance of the subject matter under discussion.
It is an INTERPRETATION of a question or subject, NOT the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be The Incredible Hulk or The Hunger Games; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the superhero or the novel.
Without a strong thesis, you will not have a strong essay.
Writing a Thesis
Start with the prompt. Read the prompt that is assigned.
Look at all of the evidence that you have gathered, (Novel, Articles, etc...) and form an opinion based on the prompt.
Rephrase the prompt by adding your opinion about the prompt and two sub-points.
How to tell if a Thesis is strong enough
A strong thesis statement takes a stand.
A strong thesis does not just state a fact; it sets the stage for analysis of a topic.
A strong thesis statement expresses one main idea.
A strong thesis statement is specific.
Which is stronger?
a. Although some people believe that George Washington was the best president, Abraham Lincoln was much better.
b. Abraham Lincoln was the best president because he fought to keep the country together and fought for the elimination of slavery.
a. The Crusades were fought because of religion.
b. The Crusades were fought due to religious fanaticism and a struggle for power in the Holy Land.
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