Arrangement - write an introduction thesis statement

Malc Prentice

What is a thesis statement (TS)?

Are thesis statements and a topic sentences different?

You have already written a topic sentence for a paragraph. A Thesis Statement is the topic sentence of your larger essay/section/chapter/

In formal essays, they use the same patterns

If your essay is over five paragraphs:

Thesis Statement = "Topic", "Main Idea" and "Keyword"

Topic NAME the topic of your essay (Giant Pandas, Paper, an NGO name)
Main Idea What are you trying to say about it. comparing it to something? Arguing it is the best? Describing problems?)
keywords one word/phrase per paragraphs food+air+water, step 1+step2+step3, reason+reason2+reason3

Keywords are tricky - see use keywords

A thesis statement is not:

Not a title Study Abroad: Good or Bad?~~
Not about you I will introduce Study Abroad~~
Not a definition Study Abroad is learning overseas~~
Not too big This essay describes ALL Study Abroad types~~
Not too vague Study abroad is good~~

Pattern 0: First year essays

Keep it simple. Copy the example.

Ethical Consumerism

Endangered animals

Voluntourism: Criteria-Analysis

Pattern 1: "This"

Name your section Main Idea Verb Topic phrase Keywords
This section clarifies what X means for Y , in terms of 1, 2, and 3
This essay explores X in detail , in terms of 1, 2, and 3
This paragraph describes the link between X and Y
outlines how X works
investigates how X is made in three stages - 1, 2, and 3.
examines the process of Xing your
summarizes the impact of X on Y
reviews how X can cause Y
looks at some problems caused by X
argues that the best way to X is for three reasons - 1, 2, and 3.
proposes that the best X is Y
suggests that X is better than Y
looks at why X should Y
OTHER VERB why X should Y
compares X and Y
contrasts X with Y
juxtaposes the similarities and differences of X and Y

Pattern 2: Paragraphs are verbs

(good for longer essays)

Use "first...then...and finally"

This essay first describes X then examines three problems X causes , and finally outlines some possible solutions.
This essay first describes how X and Y are similar, then looks at how they are different , and finally chooses one.

Pattern 3: Main idea is a noun

Use "is an attempt", "is a", "offers a",

Name your section Verb Main Idea Keywords
This dissertation is an attempt to clarify what X means for Y , in terms of 1, 2, and 3
This project is an exploration of X in detail
This essay offers a description of the link between X and Y
This study is an attempt to outline how X works
This article is an investiation of how X is made in three stages - 1, 2, and 3.
This paper offers an examination of the process of Xing your Y
This section is a summary of the impact of X on Y
This paragraph is a review of how X can cause Y

Pattern 4: number and a colon

Don't forget the colon! You're introducing a list of keywords.

This paragraph reviews three ways that X can cause Y : 1, 2, and 3
This chapter looks at three problems caused by X : 1, 2, and 3.
This presentation gives three reasons why X is the best Y : 1, 2, and 3.

Pattern 5: Passive

In this essay/paragraph/ X is described/clarified/explored/outlined.
In the current study it is proposed that X can be used to identify Y

Other Patterns

The aim of this essay is to describe/compare/analyse

Putting limits on the Thesis Statement

Language in this section suggested by previous students

in the field of X - - - - > Xの分野で

This section looks at research in the field of English language acquisition

By Hikaru

We are not concerned with here with X - - - - > ここでは X は扱わない。

We are not concerned with here with the question of ambiguity.

By Chika.

It is beyond the scope of this paper to ~ - - - - > することはこの論文の範囲を超えている.

It is beyond the scope of this paper to illustrate the influence of learning history on reading skill

By Chika.

Specifically, X is discussed. - - - - > 特にXが議論される。

Specifically, the impact of extensive listening is discussed with reference to how it impacts reading.

By Ai

Tips

Choose the right genre!

Which are the examples above?

Try other tenses

Copy the style used in examples, though.

Keyword rules apply!

Same sentence OK, Separate sentence also OK.

If short, use same sentence. If long, use separate sentence

This essay compares the approach of two car makers to the Chinese market - Mitsubishi and Suzuki.
This essay compares the approach of two car makers to the Chinese market. The companies described are Mitsubishi and Suzuki.
This article describes how to make great muffins without butter, in three steps - preparing, cooking, and decorating.
This article describes how to make great muffins without butter. There are three steps - preparing, cooking, and decorating.
This essay argues that studying abroad has both good and bad points, as while it increases level, it also interferes with study and job hunting.
This essay argues that studying abroad has both good and bad points. While it increases level, it also interferes with study and job hunting,
..., in three steps - A, B, and C.
. Three steps are described - A, B, and C.
..., for three reasons - A, B, and C.
. Three reasons are outlined - A, B, and C.
..., particularly looking at A, B, and C.
. We will look in particular at A, B, and C.
..., covering A, B, and C.
. The essay will cover A, B, and C.

For longer works, keywords can fill a paragraph

>The first chapter/section (reviews the relevant literature and gives some background to the research question. Then second chapter/section (describes the method used and the participants). Results are given in the third chapter, and finally the fourth chapter/section discusses the implications of the results.