Writing a Thesis Statement

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WRITING A THESIS STATEMENT: FIVE QUESTIONS

QuestionAnswer
1. What is the general topic?Sports.

2. What is my limited topic?The benefits of tennis.

3.What is my opinion about the Playing tennis is a sport I enjoy limited topic? because of its benefits.

4. What is my purpose in writing I will tell readers what the benefits about this topic? of playing tennis are so that they will have a better understanding of the benefits of playing this game. .

5. How will I break down my I will tell readers what the benefits of playing topic into parts I can explain tennis are for me: social interaction, in two or more body improved fitness, and challenge of the game. paragraphs?

To write a thesis statement that contains topic, opinion, purpose and parts combine your answers to the five questions, and write a complete sentence like the one below:

I enjoy playing tennis because it gives me the benefits of social interaction, improved fitness, and a challenging game.

THESIS WRITING ACTIVITY

Choose any two topics from the list, or make up your own topics based on what interests you. Answer the five questions to limit each topic and break down your comment into opinion, purpose and parts. Next, write a thesis statement for each of your two topics. The first one is done as an example.

1. U.S. government

a. General topic: U.S. government
b. Limited topic: the three branches of the U.S. government c. Opinion: Each branch has a different function and purpose. d. Purpose: I want to inform readers about the way government works. e. Parts: I will explain the purpose and function of each branch of government.

Thesis: The executive, legislative, and judicial...
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