Example of an analytical thesis statement:

He branched out into ballets and operas. Two operas are particularly notable. Thefirst, , staged in 1930 and based upon Gogol’s story, is also a verymodernistic, constructivist work. The harmonies are startling and the vocal parts arecloser to speech than singing. It was criticized, especially by composers, for not being the type of music accessible to the masses. After sixteensuccessful performances, it was removed from the repertoire and spent over forty years inlimbo.

Consult the example below for suggestions on how to refine your draft thesis statement.

That his movement away from twelve-tone music was a natural, not an enforceddevelopment was made clear in statements made throughout his later career that this typeof music was not the correct type for the Soviet people. Take the following statement, forexample, made in 1968.

Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement:

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Their belief in the bible is the bases for their structured lives, specifically Romans 12 of the Old Testament, “Do not be conformed to this world”.*** Trying to maintain their cultural identity will prove to be a challe...

The basic format for the Toulmin Method is as follows.

Additional Assistance:
Students should avail themselves of the Writing Center and Help Centers available in the English and Reading/BEP departments, located at Bradley and North Halls and the Library, as part of this course. These services can be considered an integral part of the course work and will help the student to master the necessary knowledge and skills for Composition I.

Claim: The overall thesis the writer will argue for.

Slippery slope: This is a conclusion based on the premise that if A happens, then eventually through a series of small steps, through B, C,..., X, Y, Z will happen, too, basically equating A and Z. So, if we don't want Z to occur A must not be allowed to occur either. Example:

Rebuttal: Evidence that negates or disagrees with the counterclaim.

In this example the author starts with a large claim, that genetically modified seeds have been problematic everywhere, and from this draws the more localized or specific conclusion that Mexico will be affected in the same way.

There are many cultural assumptions about identity.

Diagnostic Essay (ungraded):
Students will complete an in-class at the beginning of the semester on a topic provided; this essay will be read and returned, but will not receive a grade, nor will it affect your final average. Students should retain this and all other essays until the end of the semester.

As his mother sent him away, she told him to “Go.

It illustrates how their native cultural identity changes throughout the novel and shapes their personal identity into becoming something monstrous....