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The Thesis Statement Key
Just as a topic sentence presents the subject and controlling idea of a paragraph, the
thesis presents the subject and controlling idea of an essay. Like a topic sentence, the thesis
should present the writer’s point. It should take a stand or present an opinion about the subject.
Identify each of the following as an announcement (A), too broad (B), too narrow (N) or a
thesis statement (T).
There are many problems with computers.
A This essay will discuss the dangers of computer viruses.
T You can take some simple precautions to protect your computer from viruses.
N If your computer makes unusual sounds or randomly plays music, it may have a virus.
T As gas prices continue to rise, the unique Aptera may soon be the vehicle of choice for
N The Aptera prototype gets 230 miles per gallon of gas, but the manufacturer is aiming for
over 300 miles per gallon.
A I want to convince you to buy an Aptera.
B The high price of gasoline has greatly impacted the United States.
N In 1868 Thomas Henry Huxley first suggested birds and reptiles had a common
T Strong evidence supports the theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs.
B Fossils can teach us many things about the past.
A In this paper I will show how birds may have evolved from dinosaurs.
T The Cardiff Giant hoax of 1869 captured headlines with its controversies.
B People have enjoyed hoaxes for centuries.
A Let’s look at how hoaxes trick people.
N The famous showman P.T. Barnum joined in the Cardiff Giant Hoax.
N Godzilla is one of the most famous monster films of the 1950’s.
A My essay will compare the American version of Godzilla with the Japanese version.
T For the Japanese, the original Godzilla was a high quality film with a powerful message.
B Movies say a lot about the time and culture in which they are made.
B Environment plays an important role in our lives.
T Some simple changes in your workplace environment can greatly reduce stress.
N Poor lighting can cause workplace stress.
A Here are the ways you can reduce stress in the workplace.
Essay Unity Key
The topic sentence of each body paragraph in an essay must support the thesis
statement. In each of the following sets, circle the letter of the topic sentence that does not
support the thesis statement.
1. Thesis: Participation in extracurricular clubs and activities is an important part of the
e. Some organizations will allow you to practice skills needed for your target
f. Getting overextended through too many commitments to organizations
can cause your grades to suffer.
g. Joining organizations can be a way to meet others who share your interests.
h. Holding office in an organization will show future employers that you have
2. Thesis: New managers often make some basic mistakes in their leadership roles.
e. New managers may confuse discipline with punishment in dealing with
f. New managers may feel dependent upon employees and tolerate inadequate
g. New managers may feel sorry for employees and become too understanding
of poor performance.
h. New managers can benefit from a mentor program that matches them
with a higher level administrator.
3. Thesis: Because living together is not the same as “hanging out,” best friends need to
take steps to assure a successful relationship as roommates.
e. Best friends need to accept that people change and learn to adapt.
f. Friends should establish some ground rules before moving in together.
g. Sharing an apartment is more stressful and demanding than sharing a
h. Best friends should be prepared for stress and how to handle it
4. Thesis: Successful employees know how to balance their personal and professional
e. College internships can provide you important on-the-job training that
classroom work cannot duplicate.
f. Sharing too many personal details of your life at work can negatively affect
your professional reputation.
g. Not sharing anything about your personal life may keep your fellow
employees from feeling connected to you.