Definition: the thesis statement is the most important sentence in your essay. It is the main idea for the whole essay; it is frequently shows (directly, indirectly) the number and the content of the body paragraphs of the essay. Clear thesis statement are essential for good writing.
Parts of a thesis statement:
A thesis statement has two main parts: the topic and the controlling and additional one not necessary predictor.
A- Topic: the subject of the essay, what the essay is about.
Ex: Frank McCourt faced two obstacles.
B- Controlling: what you are going to say about the topic.
Ex. Frank McCourt faced two obstacles.
C- Predictor: it is a third component in a thesis statement. It tells the reader how many body paragraphs there will be in the essay and what their content will be.
Ex. Frank McCourt faced two obstacles lack of education and poverty.
Activity 1: predict the content of the body paragraphs of the following statements circle the topic, underline the controlling:
1- As we human beings shape our environment by building and producing, we are increasingly polluting our air, water and our soil.
2- The main advantages of urban planning are that we can control a city's appearance, we can organize transportation effectively, and we can make sure there are enough open spaces.
3- With its winding paths, lake, and small forests, Central Park in New York City is the most important example of the romantic style of landscape architecture in the United States.
Rules for Thesis Statement:
1- Thesis statement must be a complete sentence with a subject and a verb.
City living hazardous to your health. (not a thesis)
City living is hazardous to your health.
2- Thesis statement must be a statement not a question.
Are dogs good companions?
Dogs are good companions.
3- Thesis statement is an opinion it can't be a simple statement of fact (doesn’t need any support)