A thesis statement informs the reader the point of your composition. An effective thesis contains two parts: your argument proposal and support for your claim. The first part declares your argument, and the second part states the point of the paper. Your thesis argument statement lets the reader know you are trying to persuade him to your point of view. The reader is not convinced yet but interested to understand how he might be persuaded. Writing your solid thesis statement idea will force you to think of the thesis in more logical, succinct and clear terms. The final draft form of this thesis statement will take shape as your paper evolves.
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Each of my students spent an extended time on the rug yesterday, crafting a thesis statement of his/her own for the essay they’re going to write. It was hard work , but they rose to the challenge! I actually admired their patience and willingness to try out a thesis statement in several ways before committing to it. (I only edited for spelling and for succinctness since some of them meandered a little bit.)
After each student’s thesis statement was approved, they transcribed it onto the front of one of those folders I use whenever my students write essays. Finally, I typed them all up before I left school since I like to make sure I have my head wrapped around what each student is writing as I’m planning my lessons at home.
Today they’re going to work on making some decisions about how they’re going to prove their thesis (., what kinds of information might be necessary to include, the types of research they’ll need to find).
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