Thesis Statements; Skill: Present Your Opinion As Fact

10 Mar

Thesis Statements

Today we will discussing Thesis Statements. Be sure to follow along with your packet (section 2).

A Thesis Statement is the main point you are trying to prove in your paper. It is only one sentence long and goes at the end of your introduction.

Skill: Present your opinion as fact

When writing persuasive papers, it is important that you do not use phrases like “I believe that,” “In my opinion,” I think that.”  Also avoid “It seems like” “probably,” “Might be.” These statements remind the reader that your statements are just your opinion.  They sound uncertain and tentative, as if you don’t really know what you are talking about or are unsure of your opinion.

What You Should Have By the End of the Day

By the day’s end, you should have the following for your research paper (all in your notebook):

  • a poem, and a page worth of notes about that poem.
  • a thesis statement and lines from the poem that help prove that statement.

By Thursday you must have at least 3 articles about your poem, printed out.

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