What is the difference between title and thesis statement?

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The title and the thesis statement are two different parts of an essay.

The title of an essay should give the reader a hint of the essay's contents and should also grab the reader's attention. The title is generally brief. For example, if you were asked to write an essay about the purpose of the three witches in the play, Macbeth, and you are exploring whether or not the witches are real or a figment of Macbeth's imagination, a catchy title might be: Witches or Wishes? If you were asked to write an argumentative essay about the necessity of schools promoting extracurricular activities a title might be: Education and Extracurricular Activities: Ingredients for Success.

On the other hand, a thesis of an essay makes a claim or takes a stand. The thesis controls the essay by presenting the argument. As well, the thesis is placed in the introductory paragraph. A strong thesis is controlled and specific, generally one sentence. For example, using the above example about extracurricular activities, a strong thesis might be: Extracurricular activities in schools are essential to promote a student's physical and social well being. This essay could then explore the positive physical aspect of activities such as sports and cheerleading as well as the positive social aspects of these, such as team building. Other activities such as band or yearbook would also add to a discussion of meeting challenges and making friends.

In summary, the title names the essay, and the thesis controls the essay.

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A "title" is the name of something. The title of a piece of writing may refer to the main character or a major event; it may be a significant phrase from the work; it may be intended primarily to catch the interest of potential readers.

A "thesis statement" is an introduction of the position a writer is going to take or a summary of a topic when presenting an argument, opinion, or providing information. The thesis statement is usually part of the first paragraph of a written work and helps the reader to prepare to receive and understand whatever information will be covered in the rest of the piece.

A thesis statement is usually followed by statements that briefly set out each of the points that will be further developed in the body of the writing to support the argument or opinion or to provide information in further detail about the topic of the piece.

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