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Developing thesis statements
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Developing Thesis Statements
Using the topic + focus + opinion method, fill in the blanks below to create thesis statements. I’m not looking for a “correct” thesis or opinion—just a well-written one.
- Topic: Technology in the 21st Century
- Focus: Teenagers’ dependency on the Internet
- Opinion: Teenagers are too dependent on the Internet for everything from homework to entertainment
- Topic: Cell phones
- Focus: Using cell phones for talking and texting while driving
- Topic: Greek theatre
- Focus: Tragic hero in Antigone
- Topic: To Kill a Mockingbird
- Focus: Scout growing up
- Topic: Final Exams
- Opinion: Students should be able to opt out of final exams if they meet certain criteria, including grade point average and attendance.
- Topic: Childhood obesity
Create your own!
Now that you have written eight thesis statements, go back and check to make sure they pass the “How?”, “Why?” and “So what?” tests. If your thesis statement cannot pass this test, rewrite it.
Part two. For the thesis statement listed below, identify what the problem is with each statement on the line listed below.
- People use many lawn chemicals.
- The thesis of this paper is the difficulty of solving our environmental problems.
- The American steel industry has many problems.
- Hemingway's war stories are very good.
- Stephen Hawking's physical disability has not prevented him from becoming a world-renowned physicist, and his book is the subject of a movie.
- There are many reasons that people go to college—some are the same and some are different.
- Choose one of the poorly written thesis statements above and rewrite it as a strong thesis statement.
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A worksheet designed to give students practice on developing thesis statements, using the Topic + Focus + Opinion method