Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Thesis Statement

Imagine the thesis statement as the heart of your essay, or the backbone, rather. From a thesis statement is presented the opportunity to reveal your sentiment about the topic at hand, and the chance to reveal your argument to the reader. So what is a thesis statement?

A thesis statement is sometimes one, sometimes several sentences which explain to the reader both your opinion on and how you intend to approach the matter. For example, after a brief introduction to the Topic (Orwell's Argument in Relation to Society Today), one might offer this as a final word in the introduction of the essay:

Nevertheless, it is plainly obvious that with the changes in information technology today, Orwell's original argument has entirely different implications, both for society and the individual today.

Though this statement is itself a bit vague, it does open up for the writer, a chance to explicate further, two subjects: the implication of Orwells argument for contemporary society, and the implication of Orwells argument for the individual--both of which can be approached from the angle that the information age changes Orwell's arguments a bit. (Those things we talked about on Tuesday).

I think this would be the perfect opportunity for some of you to (comment) post what YOU think is your thesis statement and open the discussion up to whether or not they are advantageous for you as a writer.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This doesnt have anything to do with thesis, but i didnt want to start a whole new thing, but does anyone know if we need to have a work cited page for this. Thanks

February 22, 2006 4:36 PM  
Blogger Zhess said...

I'm sure that a works cited page is necessary so that anyone who reads it can find out exactly where we got our sources from.

February 22, 2006 4:59 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

She's right. A work cited page would be a good idea. Though I doubt you'll need it by tomorrow. Of course, if you bring it tomorrow, someone might be able to help you format it correctly.

February 22, 2006 5:06 PM  
Blogger Sara Dye said...

How do we write the citation for the works cited page for the "Politics and the English Language" packet you gave us in class? In one of my other sources I saw this: George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," originally published in Horizon 76, April 1946. Clearly not the right format. But the right information??

February 22, 2006 9:47 PM  
Blogger Zhess said...

I found the same information for its original publication, except for the 76 that's in there. Maybe it's the volume or the page that the essay started on? I think the citation would look something like this:

Orwell, George. "Politics in the English Language." Horizon April 1946:

Then after the semicolon would be the page numbers, but I couldn't find that information.

February 23, 2006 12:07 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

I will bring that info with me in class and make an example of it. Zhess was actually right about the format up until the page numbers. Nice work. But, that's not actually the source we're quoting from, so I'll bring that with me.

- Jonathan

February 23, 2006 6:36 AM  
Blogger Sara Dye said...

I didn't hear you say that information in class. Could you please post it.

February 23, 2006 11:57 AM  

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