You will practice writing a strong thesis statement in order to later develop effective, thesis-driven essays which demonstrate the principles of argumentation.
Directions:Essay structure is important, and we will be learning more about that, but all good essays begin with a good introduction that includes a strong, clear thesis. The thesis is the last sentence of your introduction, and it makes the overall argument for the whole essay. To get good at writing thesis statements, let’s practice, so we are ready for next week!
Review the following information about what a thesis is.
A thesis is your main insight or idea about a text or topic, and the main proposition that your essay demonstrates. It should be true but arguable (not obviously or patently true, but one alternative among several), be limited enough in scope to be argued in a short composition and with available evidence, and get to the heart of the text or topic being analyzed (not be peripheral). It should be stated early in some form and at some point recast sharply (not just be implied), and it should govern the whole essay (not disappear in places).
A claim that is not debatable does not qualify as a thesis—for example:
“Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a play about a young man who seeks revenge”.
That doesn’t say anything-it’s basically just a summary and is hardly debatable.
Here is an example of a stronger, more debatable thesis:
“Hamlet experiences internal conflict because he is in love with his mother”.
This is arguable, controversial even. The rest of a paper with this argument as its thesis will be an attempt to show, using specific examples from the text and evidence from scholars, (1) how Hamlet is in love with his mother, (2) why he’s in love with her, and (3) what implications there are for reading the play in this manner.
Note that a thesis, just like the Point in your paragraph is an opinion/claim. The difference is that the thesis is the claim of the whole essay while a Point is the claim of that specific paragraph. Often the Points are reasons/sub-claims for the big thesis.
Your Essay 1 will require you to write a thesis in which you argue about the purpose of education in your life (like you did for your paragraph last week). Your thesis should state your opinion/argument about why it is important to get an education.
Sample thesis: Getting an education is hugely important in our society because it allows us to think critically about the world around us and be good citizens of our communities.
Another sample thesis: Getting an education is hugely important in a person’s life because it allows them to build a happy and satisfying future career and life.
For this assignment, write a working thesis (a possible thesis) for your Essay 1.