This learning packet should review:
• New terms and definitions
• Different types of thesis statements
• Locations of thesis statements and importance
• Basics of the writing process
New Terms: A few terms that may be new are:
• Thesis statement
This learning packet offers an in-depth look at thesis statements through the use of slide shows providing definitions, examples, and opportunities for review, along with multimedia video clips and simple, easily accessible text. Terms are defined and explained in a variety of ways and complexities. Thesis statements often trip up both beginning and experienced writers, who often underestimate the argumentative power of a well-written thesis statement.
This slide show offers in-depth information about thesis statements, a detailed explanation of how thesis statements fit into introductory paragraphs, and several opportunities for interactive review.
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This reassuring and helpful clip offers a bare-bones, easily accessible look at thesis statements.
This video offers an entertaining yet highly informative look at the structure and importance of thesis statements.
This video clip is actually a really helpful slide show presentation offering basic guidelines and example thesis statements for review and practice.
The thesis statement states the thesis or argument of the author in an essay or similar document. Usually no more than a sentence or two long, it is a focused section of text that clearly delineates the argument that is presented in the work and is usually found at the end of the first paragraph of a paper. The thesis statement says what the author or authors are trying to prove in the document. The subject of the thesis statement reflects the topic of the paper and the predicate is usually what the author of the paper is trying to prove. The thesis statement is invaluable when constructing an outline, as it shows what points need to be proven.
A thesis statement is usually restated in a closing paragraph, if in a formal essay, containing a slightly varied format and using synonyms as to not make a passive statement. A thesis statement could be described as a 'topic sentence of the topic sentences (in the essay)' or an 'outine of the outline(in an essay or similar document)' because it can be the most important part of the opening section or paragraph in an essay or similar document.
Gardner and Johnson (1997) describe the stages of the writing process:
Writing is a fluid process created by writers as they work. Accomplished writers move back and forth between the stages of the process, both consciously and unconsciously. Young writers, however, benefit from the structure and security of following the writing process in their writing.
Remember, the writing process is not necessarily linear--you may cycle between these steps in a variety of ways.