In many of your courses—such as English, history, psychology, and philosophy—you
are asked to write essays arguing one point or another. A good essay begins with a statement
of purpose—a controlling idea which predicts
and confines the subject you are covering in your essay. This controlling idea, or thesis,
is your essay's life and spirit, for without it, your chances of running amuck in your essay,
of dragging your reader through a series of unrelated ideas, are more than increased—they are
guaranteed. In this GLA you will learn how to construct a good thesis statement.
Student Learning Outcomes
By the end of this activity, you should be able to:
- Define the concept of thesis statement
- Identify and contrast weak and strong thesis statements
- Narrow a thesis statement from general to specific
- Compose a coherent, unified thesis statement
Before you start, you'll need to make sure you that have the
handouts for this activity and the Supplemental Learning
Workbook. If you don't, ask a tutor to help you.
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If at any time you need help, please ask a tutor.
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