Tuesday Lecture -- Thesis Explained This lecture covers: • Review of Expository Essays and Elements • What a Thesis is • Important parts of a Thesis • Tips for writing a quality thesis Review of Expository Essays and Elements Expository Essay -- Informs the reader, Explains something Elements -- Introductory Paragraph, Body Paragraphs, Conclusion Paragraph, Topic Sentences, Thesis What a Thesis is Thesis -- comes from Latin "to set down." We think of it as putting an idea forward. So it kind of means to put your idea out on the table, and start talking about it. Basic Definition: An idea that you plan to support Important parts of a Thesis An expository thesis statement will tell your audience: • what you are going to explain to them • the categories you are using to organize your explanation • the order in which you will be presenting your categories (http://troy.troy.edu/writingcenter/pdfhandouts/ThesisStatements.pdf) Example: The lifestyles of barn owls include hunting for insects and animals, building nests, and raising their young. A reader who encountered that thesis would expect the paper to explain how barn owls hunt for insects, build nests, and raise young. (http://troy.troy.edu/writingcenter/pdfhandouts/ThesisStatements.pdf) Questions to ask yourself when writing an expository thesis statement: • What am I trying to explain? • How can I categorize my explanation into different parts? • In what order should I present the different parts of my explanation? (http://troy.troy.edu/writingcenter/pdfhandouts/ThesisStatements.pdf) Tips for writing a quality thesis Having a clear OUTLINE will make writing your thesis much easier. You may want to revise your thesis during any stage of the writing process and as you continue to write. Be Specific and Clear -- So your readers know what to expect The Thesis is often at the end of the Introduction. This prepares readers for what they will learn as they read your essay.