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Notes for Introduction to Literature
Notes for Basic Writing (ENG 020)
~~ Building The Thesis ~~
Start with the
A strong thesis essential to a successful essay. Without it your essay will lack focus-it'll seem to have little direction. A clear thesis, on the other hand, helps you and the reader stay on track. It's often called the "main idea" or the "controlling idea" because it controls the content of the essay.
POINT TO REMEMBER. A thesis names your general subject and makes an assertion about that subject. It states the topic and the point you want to make about that topic. A strong thesis, therefore, is both general and explicit.
Why is this a good
POINT TO REMEMBER: The thesis is a general statement with explicit terms. In the above example, three qualities are named (made explicit), but they are all general enough to need further explanation (they suggest how the writer needs to develop the paper).
POINT TO REMEMBER:
The thesis is a complete, grammatical sentence which is smoothly integrated
into the essay. It usually appears somewhere in the introduction, but may be
repeated throughout the essay in slightly different words. When you use explicit
terms, you may find it helpful to remember to use parallel sentence structure.
Three passions I have lived for are music, painting, and to write stories.
These thesis statements are all strong, and they all suggest that an expressive essay will follow.
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