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The Thesis Statement

The Thesis Statement

Author: Nikki Hansen

To introduce and discuss the thesis statement, what it does, how to write one and where it belongs.

This packet includes 2 videos, a text element and a slideshow portion. Each of these tools is provided to help you better understand what a thesis is, where it is placed and how you can form one. This packet also provides extra tips for you to remember so that you can write a strong thesis.

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What is a Thesis?

What you need to know:

- A thesis statement is usually no longer than one or two sentences, and states the argument being made in an essay.  The thesis statement says what the author is trying to prove in his/her essay.  The subject of the thesis reflects the topic of the paper.  The thesis sentence usually comes at the end of the introductory paragraph. 

- The introduction paragraph is the first paragraph in an essay.  This paragraph reveals the points/topics you will argue or discuss in your paper.

- The thesis statement is used throughout the paper to help prove your point.  Your paper should always tie back into your thesis.  The thesis statement is restated in the concluding paragraph.

- The concluding paragraph notifies the reader that you are ending your paper. In the conclusion paragraph, you should wrap up/summarize your points and discussion, and restate your thesis

A Slideshow on Thesis Statements

What is a thesis? How do you use it? How do you write one? This slideshow tells you all of that, plus tips to remember.

A video about thesis statements: "What you REALLY want to say about that."

This video discusses the thesis statement, what it is and how to use it.

The Thesis

A brief discussion about the thesis.