Writing Thesis Statements English 9



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Writing Thesis Statements English 9

Objective of today’s lesson:

  • Given the definition and components of a thesis statement, along with a sample writing prompt with pre-written thesis statements, students will be able to distinguish the better of three thesis statements by correctly identifying it.

Ask yourself the following questions

  • When you read a passage, how much of it do you have to read to understand the topic or purpose?
  • What is the purpose of writing an essay?
  • Yes, read to yourself!

Thesis Statements:

  • You need to know how to create one!
  • Where am I going?
  • ESSAY
  • An essay without a thesis statement is like a car without a driver

What is a thesis statement?

  • A thesis statement is a sentence used in an essay that serves as the guide for the essay and directly answers the question or task asked of you.
  • A thesis statement express the
  • main idea of your paper.
  • You need to be able to do this for

What is a thesis NOT?

  • A factual statement
  • A topic sentence
  • TOPIC SENTENCE:
  • Spuzzum is a small town in British Columbia.
  • (This is factual, topic sentence; therefore, it is not a thesis statement.)
  • .

Characteristics of a Thesis Statement

  • Addresses the prompt clearly
  • Makes a claim, or
  • Presents an argument
  • Is arguable (an opinion)
  • In first paragraph of essay
  • You should be great at this!

It’s time to spot a thesis!

  • On each of the following slides,
  • read the writing prompt and the two sample statements.
  • Choose the one that is the best choice for a thesis.

1. Early on in life, people develop an admiration for heroes. In a well-developed essay, discuss a person you admire and why you chose this person.

  • Option A
  • Option B
  • One person I admire is Babe Ruth, who played baseball from 1914 until 1935.
  • One person I admire is Babe Ruth, the greatest baseball player of all time.

Incorrect

  • Option A
  • One person I admire is Babe Ruth, who played baseball from 1914 until 1935.
  • Although this does address the writing prompt, this is a factual statement. A thesis statement should be something you can argue for or against.

Correct! Great Job!

  • One person I admire is Babe Ruth, the greatest baseball player of all time.
  • Option B
  • This statement addresses the prompt, and presents and opinion that can be argued.

2. …Discuss the social, political and economic effects of World War II on the United States.

  • Option A
  • Option B
  • World War II was a costly war that had a major impact on the economy of the United States
  • World War II not only affected the economy of the United States, but also altered the role of the American government and the American people forever.

Incorrect

  • World War II was a costly war that had a major impact on the economy of the United States
  • Option A
  • Although this is meets all the criteria for a thesis statement, it only addresses part of the writing prompt. Remember, the statement tells the reader what to expect. With this as a thesis, one would only expect to read about the economic effects.

Correct Again!!!!

  • Option B
  • World War II not only affected the economy of the United States, but also altered the role of the American government and the American people forever.
  • This is correct because it addresses the social, economic and political effects as stated in the prompt. Notice that the words people (social) and government (political) were used in this statement. This makes the sentence more original and shows the reader that you know what “social” and “political” refer to.

Your Turn!!

  • You will now apply what you learned by writing your own thesis statements to two of the, “Up” essay writing prompts.
  • When reading back your thesis statements (to yourself), ask yourself a few questions.
  • Did I address all parts of the prompt?
  • or
  • yes
  • no
  • Did I address all parts of the prompt?
  • or
  • Can I argue against this statement?
  • or
  • Will I address all this in my essay?
  • or
  • Is it grammatically correct?
  • or
  • Is it clear and understandable?
  • or
  • You know what to do if you’ve answered NO to any of these questions. FIX THEM! 

Final Thoughts:

  • You will use what you learned today to write the thesis statement for your , “Up” essay.
  • The ability to write thesis statements will assist you as you continue your education in many subjects areas to post-secondary .

Make me proud!

  • Tick. Tock. Give this assignment your full attention so you don’t have homework. It is due at the end of class – completed.
  • Once you reach this slide, close your computer until you are ready to check your thesis statements against the thesis statement builder.
  • One more thing—all brains in the air!
  • See you Monday!

Work Cited

  • Rodriguez, Mr. "Thesis Identifying Activity." Upload & Share PowerPoint Presentations and Documents. Web. 30 Mar. 2011. .
  • Even I use easybib.com


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