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Thesis Statement and Topic Sentence

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Thesis Statement and Topic Sentence

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.

II.Topic Sentences

     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

    way.

Assignments

    Read:

    ; Chapters: 6.1-6.5 (review 6.3).

    ; Forum

    Complete:

    ; 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

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