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  1. Writing 2 122 Najd

  2. Thesis Statement Describe a favorite childhood place that made you feel secure, safe, private, or in a world of your own.

  3. Thesis Statement • “________________________ was a place that made me feel ___________________ when I was a child.”

  4. Thesis Statement • Remember to keep the point of your thesis statement in mind as you describe this place.

  5. Thesis Statement • Include only details that will support the idea that your place was one of security, safety, privacy, or the like.

  6. Thesis Statement • Your first step in writing is to discover what point you want to make and to write that point out as a single sentence.

  7. Thesis Statement • You will know from the start if you have a clear and workable thesis. • You will be able to use the thesis as a guide while writing your essay.

  8. Thesis Statement • A good thesis statement does two things: • 1. It tells readers the topic of the essay. • 2. It presents the writer’s attitude, opinion, idea, or point about that topic.

  9. Thesis Statement • Owning a pet has several important benefits. • Topic? • The writer’s main point?

  10. Thesis Statement Owning a pet = Topic has several important benefits=The writer’s main point.

  11. Thesis Statement • Our cafeteria would be greatly improved if several changes were made.

  12. Thesis Statement • Our cafeteria would be greatly improved if several changes were made.

  13. Thesis Statement • Celebrities are often poor role models because of the ways they dress, talk, and behave.

  14. Thesis Statement • Celebritiesare often poor role models because of the ways they dress, talk, and behave.

  15. Thesis Statement • My first night as a security guard turned out to be one of the most frightening experiences of my life.

  16. Thesis Statement • My first night as a security guard turned out to be one of the most frightening experiences of my life.

  17. Thesis Statement • SUVs are inferior to cars because they are harder to control, more expensive, and dangerous to the environment.

  18. Thesis Statement • SUVsare inferior to cars because they are harder to control, more expensive, and dangerous to the environment.

  19. Thesis Statement • The twentieth century produced three inventions that dramatically changed the lives of the Americans.

  20. Thesis Statement • The twentieth century produced three inventions that dramatically changed the lives of the Americans.

  21. Thesis Statement • Stress in the fast-food workplace has led to serious physical, psychological, and emotional problems for employees.

  22. Thesis Statement • Stress in the fast-food workplace has led to serious physical, psychological, and emotional problems for employees.

  23. Thesis Statement • Advertisers target young people when marketing cigarettes, alcohol, and adult movies.

  24. Thesis Statement • Advertiserstarget young people when marketing cigarettes, alcohol, and adult movies.

  25. Thesis Statement • Living in the city has certain advantages over living in the suburbs.

  26. Thesis Statement • Living in the city has certain advantages over living in the suburbs.

  27. Thesis Statement • Before moving away from home, every person should have mastered certain key skills.

  28. Thesis Statement • Before moving away from home, every person should have mastered certain key skills.

  29. Thesis Statement • Independent mom-and-pop stores are superior to larger chain stores for a number of reasons.

  30. Thesis Statement • Independent mom-and-pop stores are superior to larger chain stores for a number of reasons.

  31. Writing a Good Thesis 1 • Suppose that you are asked to write a paper on marriage. Such a subject is too broad to cover in a five-hundred-word essay.

  32. Writing a Good Thesis 1 • What you need to do, then, is limit your subject. Narrow it down until you have a topic that you can deal with in about five hundred words.

  33. Writing a Good Thesis 1

  34. Writing a Good Thesis 1 • Sometimes a subject must go through several stages of limiting before it is narrow enough to write about.

  35. Writing a Good Thesis 1 • The following are four lists that show several stages that writers went through in moving from a general subject to a narrow thesis statement. • Number the stages in each list from 1 to 5, with 1 marking the broadest stage and 5 marking the thesis.

  36. Writing a Good Thesis 1 • List 1: _________ Teachers _________ Education __________ Math Teacher __________ My high school math teacher was incompetent. __________ High school math teacher

  37. Writing a Good Thesis 1 • List 2: ___________ Bicycles ___________ Dangers of bike riding ___________ Recreation ___________ Recreational vehicles __________ Bike riding in the city is a dangerous activity.

  38. Writing a Good Thesis 1 • List 3: _____ Retail companies ______ Supermarkets ______ Dealing with customers ______ Working in a supermarket _______ I’ve learned how to handle unpleasant supermarket customers.

  39. Writing a Good Thesis 1 • List 4: _______ Camping _______ First Camping trip _______ Summer vacation _______ My first camping trip was a disastrous experience. _______ Vacations

  40. Writing a Good Thesis 1

  41. Writing a Good Thesis II • There are four main rules that should be followed while writing a thesis statement..

  42. Writing a Good Thesis II • Rule 1: • Write Statements, Not Announcements - The subject of this paper will be my parents.

  43. Writing a Good Thesis II My parents each struggled with personal demons.

  44. Writing a Good Thesis II • I want to talk about the crime wave in our country.

  45. Writing a Good Thesis II • The recent crime wave in our city has several apparent causes.

  46. Writing a Good Thesis II • The baby-boom generation is the concern of this essay.

  47. Writing a Good Thesis II • The baby-boom generation has changed American society in key ways.

  48. Writing a Good Thesis II • Rule 2: • Avoid Statements That Are Too Broad • Insects are fascinating creatures.

  49. Writing a Good Thesis II • Strength, organization, and communication make the ant one of nature’s most successful insects.

  50. Writing a Good Thesis II • Men and women are very different.