Purpose of thesis statement: One sentence that tells what your paper is going to be about



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Thesis statement:
Purpose of thesis statement: One sentence that tells what your paper is going to be about
Two Rules: Answers two questions

  1. What is the issue? Subject and AA

  2. Who does the issue affect? TP

Formula: Subject + Attitude Adjective + Target Populations


Sometimes a thesis is designed to persuade the reader about a particular issue on which there may be disagreement.

Example: Franklin D. Roosevelt did more for this country’s economy than any other President…”


Martin Luther King Jr’s most important characteristic was integrity.
At other times, a thesis and the essay that follows are intended to inform a reader (rather than persuade) about something upon which there is little or no disagreement
Example: FDR, President during the Great Depression, founded a number of new agencies, designed to assist the disadvantaged or unemployed.
Thesis (or claim) refers to a point that the author is making about an issue on which there can be disagreement.


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