What would be a good thesis statement for "Cheaper by the Dozen?" Eg:  Will this be a good one? Families must be run efficently like Gilbreths.    What would be a good thesis statement for...

What would be a good thesis statement for "Cheaper by the Dozen?" Eg:  Will this be a good one? Families must be run efficently like Gilbreths.    

What would be a good thesis statement for "Cheaper by the Dozen?"

Eg:  Will this be a good one?

Families must be run efficently like Gilbreths.

 

 

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Having never read the book, I now (based upon the other posters) feel as if I am missing out on something extremely entertaining. What I can tell you about thesis statements is that they need to be arguable because you have to prove your point, and it makes no sense trying to prove something that people would agree with (or semi-agree). With that being said, your thesis is weak as it is written because who could really disagree with the idea of efficiency being bad. Pohnpei’s thesis, “Although Frank Gilbreth often tried to make his children behave like machines, it is clear that he loved them and they loved him,” is much more arguable. Is it clear that there was mutual love and respect? Why is the way he tried to raise his children considered “like machines”, and etc.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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To build on what the previous posters have said, perhaps you could make your thesis more general, along the lines of people applying different models to family raising. The Gilbreths (BOTH Frank and Lillian worked as efficiency experts, btw) applied their theories to their large family, to be sure. Have you read any other books for whatever class you are taking? What theories of child rearing show up there? Most kids have read To Kill a Mockingbird, eg. How does Atticus teach Scout and Jem?

This book was a favorite of mine when I was in middle school. As a side note, although the Gilbreths had 12 children I wondered why Mary was only mentioned one time in the book. It was not till I read Bells on Their Toes, a sequel written after the death of Lillian, that I found out Mary had died as a toddler, and her mother could not bear any mention of her ever again.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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That certainly is a thesis statement that makes your point clear.  (Which is one important thing for a thesis statement to do.) Technically, the only problem with it is that you need a "the" before "Gilbreths."

But do you really believe that?  I have a hard time believing Frank Gilbreth really made his family act like that.  And I know I could not manage it.

If I were writing about the book, my thesis statement would be something like:

Although Frank Gilbreth often tried to make his children behave like machines, it is clear that he loved them and they loved him.

But it really depends on what you believe and what you can write a paper about.  If you believe that is how families should run and if you can write enough to satisfy your teacher, your thesis statement is fine.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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No doubt that in the book Cheaper by Dozen Gilbreth describes how he runs large family efficiently, but the book is about something much more than just running a family.

Gilbreth was a one of the founding fathers of modern management. Frank Gilbreth invented the concept of motion study to improve operational efficiency in all kinds of work  developed sophisticated methods of method studies. This book is just one example Gilbreth gives of how systematic approach to study and design of work along with proper motivation can be used to improve efficiency and effectiveness of all kinds of work.

I think it would make sense to develop your thesis along lines that takes a look at this book in its wider perspective.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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That thesis would be somewhat weak. If you could provide controlling ideas as to what makes something efficient, such as saving money, affording luxuries or necessities, providing conveniences, etc, they would make your thesis statement more developed. A thesis is a universal truth of a work expressed as a statement.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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"Cheaper by the Dozen" is such a delightful book to use for a thesis.  I have read the book so many times that I can see why you would look at the efficiently of the family. The only question I have about your thesis is that your statement says that families must be run efficiently like Gilbreth's, but family size varies and the Gilbreth's certainly had a dozen children.  A family of three or four would not need to be run as efficiently.

if you wanted to revise that it could read.

Having twelve children required the Gilbreth family to use time management techniques in order to complete daily hygiene rituals.

You would then have to argue and  list reasons why you have to decide to address the notion.

What examples could you provide?

  • bath times were limited
  • each child was assigned a younger child to dress
  • body washing techniques were taught to the children

I also recommend that you break apart what things you find that can prove that the method worked.

  • The children were ready for school on time
  • All children were bathed within in a certain amount of time

I hope this helped.

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