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  1. Thesis Statement Made Easy

  2. Thesis statement and introductory paragraphs • Is just like a topic sentence you write when you write a paragraph. • Purpose is to identify the TOPIC (the occasion-the reason for writing) • And the POSITION (your opinion-what you plan to prove or explain) • Controls the rest of your paper • DOESN’T have to be done first

  3. Examples- Occasion/Position • Although Florence Nightingale could have had a life of luxury and ease, she chose to leave her wealthy British family and dedicate her life to helping others. • Throughout the Civil War, women in the north and in the south made incredible sacrifices. These sacrifices, which were overlooked by many, helped win battles and save many lives.

  4. You Decide • Although the Internet is a great tool for research among other things, people spending too much time on the Internet, social sites in particular, can cause many problems.

  5. Even though Ben Franklin was seventy years old when the American Revolution started, he still had a lot to do with the independence of the colonies.

  6. Although Charles Lindbergh was sometimes called “lucky Lindy,” no one would dare refer to his 1927 flight across the Atlantic as a feat of luck.

  7. Introductory Paragraph Thesis Statement + Projected Plan = Introductory Paragraph

  8. Introductory Paragraph Thesis Statement (Occasion + Position) Although Charles Lindbergh was sometimes called “lucky Lindy,” no one would dare refer to his 1927 flight across the Atlantic as a feat of luck. Plan His successful flight was clearly due to extensive planning, talent as a pilot, and raw courage

  9. Introductory Paragraph Even though Ben Franklin was seventy years old when the American Revolution started, he still had a lot to do with the independence of the colonies.Helping the colonists, informing people of the world about the revolution, and serving on many committees were some of the important things that he did.

  10. Introductory Paragraph Although the Internet is a great tool for research among other things, people spending too much time on the Internet, social sites in particular, can cause many problems. Some negatives that can result from this are neglecting homework or family, putting yourself in an awkward position that can have negative results, and the possibility of getting punished by your parents.

  11. Introductory Paragraph Although Shirley Jackson and Washington Irving are both well known authors for short stories, and “One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts” and “Rip Van Winkle” are both about the same topic, each author’s distinct tone, mood and style help create very different sounding pieces of writing. Ms. Jackson’s mocking tone and long, rambling sentences are incredibly different from Irving’s dark and serious tone, mood and formal style.

  12. Create one of your own…. • What is your occasion for writing? • What is your position (opinion) on the subject? • What is your plan?