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What is a Thesis Statement? Almost all of us—even if we don’t do it consciously—look early in an essay for a one- or two-sentence summary of the topic, argument, or analysis that is to follow. We refer to that brief summary as a thesis statement. Why Should Your Essay Contain a Thesis Statement? · to test your ideas by distilling them into a sentence or two · to better organize and develop your writing · to provide your reader with a “guide” to your paper or story How to Generate a Thesis Statement? Almost all assignments, no matter how complicated, can be reduced to a single question. Your first step, then, is to distill the assignment into a specific question. For example, if your assignment is, “write about whether or not you think living forever is a blessing or a curse.” Turn it into a question... Q: “Is living forever a blessing or a curse?” Then answer the question... A: In my opinion, living forever is a curse and in this essay I will convince... read more

When approaching a piece of literature I think that it's wise to break up and enhance reading comprehension by looking at your reading in the following ways: 1. Making Predictions -Predictions encourage active reading and keep you interested, whether or not the predictions are correct. Incorrect predictions can signal a misunderstanding that needs to be revisited. You should... * Look at the pictures, table of contents, chapter headings, chapter titles, maps, diagrams, and features of the text you are reading. What subjects are in the book? * Write down predictions about the text. During reading, look for words or phrases from those predictions. * While reading, revise the predictions or make new ones. 2. Visualize What You Read -Imagine a story taking place as if it were a movie. Imagine the characters' features. Picture the plot in time and space. Draw these on a piece of paper. * Imagine processes and explanations happening visually... read more

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