I. Thesis Statement
； A thesis statement is the main idea of your paper. Developing a working
thesis should be among your first priorities.
； How to write a thesis statement?
;Developing a working thesis
;Working out an explicit thesis statement
;Refining the thesis statement
； Think of the thesis statement as an umbrella shielding your whole paper. If a
portion of your paper falls outside the umbrella, either cut it out or extend the
breadth of your umbrella.
； A topic sentence works in two directions simultaneously:
-- It relates the paragraph to the essay's thesis, and thereby acts as a signpost for the argument of the paper as a whole.
-- It also defines the scope of the paragraph itself.
； Topic sentences often act like tiny thesis statements.
； Like a thesis statement, a topic sentence makes a claim of some sort.
； As the thesis statement is the unifying force in the essay, so the topic
sentence must be the unifying force in the paragraph.
； As is the case with the thesis statement, when the topic sentence makes a
claim, the paragraph which follows must expand, describe, or prove it in some
; Chapters: 6.1-6.5 (review 6.3).
; Work on a rough draft of WP#1.
; Activities 6.4, 6.5, 6.6.
Post to your blog:
1. Your refined thesis statement and topic sentences in the outline
2. Your journal of this week