Today, I will develop skills of argument by composing a thesis statement for my persuasive paper.
What is a Thesis Statement? • A thesis statement expresses your opinion about a topic. It is the basis of the introductory paragraph of your essay. • It should be a single complete sentence. • You must be sure you can support the opinion in your thesis.
Thesis Rules • A thesis statement should: • Never be an open-ended question • Be limited to mentioning only those points you plan to discuss in your essay • Never be so broad that it’s difficult to discuss all relevant information • Only present one specific idea; not multiple ideas
How to write a thesis statement • To create a thesis statement simply follow this formula: TOPIC + OPINION = THESIS STATEMENT
Step 1 • Identify the utopia generalization of your artifact and paper
Step 2 • Look at your draft of your artifact • Select three main points that illustrate your generalization • Write those three ideas in your notes
Step 4 • Write the rough draft of your thesis using your three ideas: • Sentence Stem- • _______________________(generalization) is illustrated/shown/etc…in (title of artifact) through ______________, _________, ______________________.