What is a thesis statement? A thesis statement is usually one sentence that makes a claim/statement/assertion and then revolves around three points that support your statement. A thesis serves a few purposes. 1. It informs the reader that what you're writing about is important 2. It gives the project structure 3. It informs the reader what your project is all about 4. It directly addresses the topic you're researching or the question you've been asked to answer 5. It is intended to persuade the reader to agree with your opinion Almost any essay or research project requires a thesis statement.
How to tell if a thesis statement is strong To know if you have a good thesis, ask yourself these questions: • 1. Does it make sense? Is it clear and concise or to the point? • 2. Is it specific to the topic? • 3. Does it clearly state exactly what you will present on the project board? • 4. Does it give the 'So what?' of the project? • 5. Does it propose an idea that others might challenge? • 6. Does my project directly address each element of the thesis statement?
Rights and Responsibilities • The overall theme of NHD is Rights and Responsibilities • In case you have forgotten: • Rights – the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled/allowed/permitted • Responsibility - a duty or task that you are required or expected to do
Topic You have picked and researched a topic that fits within the theme of Rights and Responsibilities • Smith v. Allwright: Overturning the All White Primaries in Texas • Sweatt v. Painter: Equal Rights at The University of Texas • Delgado v. Bastrop ISD: Equal Rights for Mexican American Students • San Antonio ISD v. Rodriguez and the Question of Equal Funding for All Schools • Edgewood ISD v. Kirby: Robin Hood Plan or a Measure for Creating Equality? • The Old Three Hundred: Rights and Responsibilities on the Texas Frontier • Texas Independence: The Right to Become An Independent Nation? • Lamar’s Indian Policy: Rights and Responsibility Toward Native Cultures in Texas • The Rights of Natives and the Responsibility of the Settlers: The Cherokee War in Texas • Texas’ Secession Decision • Barbed Wire: Closing Off The West and Redefining Land Rights • Texas Cattle on the Open Range: Responsibility Before Barbed Wire • Checks and Balances: Right and Responsibilities of Government Funding
Questions to answer • Who were the groups/people involved within your topic? • What were the rights within your topic? (given or taken away to the people involved – you need three) • What were the responsibilities within your topic? (done or not done by the people involved – you need three)
Thesis Formula • X. • However, A, B, and C. • Therefore, Y.
X • Represents the strongest point against your argument. • You won’t ever mention this information again in your project – so you can be specific BUT IT MUST BE BRIEF (no more than 20 words). • Hint – You should BRIEFLY mention the back history before your topic. What was going on before your topic? • Example – In order to quickly button your shirt you had to have nimble fingers.
A, B, and C. • Represent the three strongest points for your argument • Your project will be about A, B, and C. • Cannot be too specific – specific information goes in your project • Choose your three strongest arguments (and the ones you have the most outside information/facts for) • Example…However, with the invention of the zipper, people now have the ability to dress quickly, create new styles of clothing, and create new inventions.
Thesis – Fill in the blanks • However, • (TOPIC) was a right because _____1______, ______2_________, and ______3________. • (TOPIC) was also a responsibility because _______1______, _____2_______, and ___________3______.
Y • Represents the position you will be taking (your stand on the prompt). • Cannot contradict your “X” statement. • Therefore, you no longer need nimble fingers to get dressed in the morning.
If you are still having trouble with a thesis… • Open the “Thesis statement” I made for the regulars