Developing a Thesis Statemen

paper and pencil
Question Brainstormer

Which one?

(Collect information to make an informed decision.)

 Which 20th century president did the most to promote civil rights?

 Which was the best or worst event, discovery, person etc.?


(Understand problems and perspectives, weigh options, and propose solutions.)
Example questions

 How does hindsight help us understand XXX?

 How significant were the efforts of individuals in XXX?

 How did one area of culture influence another in a particular time period?

What if?

(Use the knowledge you have to pose a hypothesis and consider options.)
Example question

 What if the Declaration of Independence abo shed slavery?


(Make a moral or practical decision based on evidence.)
Example question

 Should we clone humans?


(Understand and explain relationships to get to the essence of a comp cated question.)
Example question

    < > Why did XXX behave or respond as they did during XXX?

Five Tests for a Good Thesis--

    < >Does the thesis inspire a reasonable reader to ask, "How?" or Why?" < >Would a reasonable reader NOT respond with "Duh!" or "So what?" or "Gee, no kidding!" or "Who cares?" < >Does the thesis avoid general phrasing and/or sweeping words such as "all" or "none" or "every"? < >Does the thesis lead the reader toward the topic sentences (the subtopics needed to prove the thesis)? < >Can the thesis be adequately developed in the required length of the paper or project?

Developing Strong Thesis Statements (Purdue Owl Writing Lab)--http://owl.eng

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