Just a Reminder of Our Classwork on Thesis Statements

Posted: December 14, 2015 in Home

Topic + Theme + Text = Thesis Statement

Theme: lesson learned—what the story teaches us about that topic. Moreover, the theme becomes the argument of your essay, of your thesis statement. It is important to remember that the theme is derived from reading the text. Therefore, the thesis must also mention the text, as the text is the primary source for the argument.

Thesis Statement:

  • Presents an argument or point of view, NOT merely a fact from the story—it must pass the “so what?” test.
  • Your thesis statement has three parts that preview the structure of the essay—this is a parallel arrangement.
  • A thesis statement is expressed concisely in one or two sentences and it appears at the end of your introductory paragraph.
  • The thesis statement is written in complete sentences

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