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 • Choose a theme • Innocence • Friendship • Humanity • Obedience/Conformity • Prejudice/Discrimination • Write your chosen theme on your thesis organizer
Step 2 • Brainstorm • Write down as many points as you can think of about your theme on your thesis organizer • What points can you think of related to your theme in connection with The Book Thief? • What points can you think of related to your theme in connection with “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”?
Step 3 • Look at your brainstorming list and identify at least three common traits related to your theme between The Book Thief and “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” • Write those three points on your thesis organizer
Step 4 • Write the rough draft of your thesis using your three common traits: • _________________(theme) is illustrated in The Book Thief and “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” (when, by, through, etc…) ____________(point 1), _____________(point 2), and_______________(point 3).
Step 5 • Begin finding quotes to support your thesis from The Book Thief and write them on your thesis organizer. (at least 3)