Thesis Statement Definition: a thesis statement expresses the one main idea the writing will discuss. It tells what the composition will be about. It gives a specific purpose to the writing. It will focus both your and the audience’s attention to the specifics of the writing. The thesis statement is your paper in a nutshell. A good thesis statement answers the “So What?” question.
Criteria for content of thesis statement • Who: the name of the person or What: the event you are writing about • A date…a time period…during the 1930’s. • Impact: How did this person or event change history? • An appositive or adjective clause (see sample) • The thesis statement will be a complex sentencewith prepositional phrases, and rich, descriptiveadjectives and adverbs that give degrees of meaning. • No to be verbs: was, were
Models of thesis statement: • Sojourner Truth, a former slave andleading abolitionist (appositive) during the mid 1800’s, made significant contributions that inspired others to fight against the evilinstitution of slavery. • Sojourner Truth,who was a former slave andleading abolitionist (adjective clause that begins with “who”) during the mid 1800’s, made significant contributions that inspired others to fight against the evil institution of slavery.
Practice Sojourner Truth was a leading abolitionist. Explain in detail why this simple statement is not a thesis statement.