Compare and contrast thesis statement and topic sentence
May 1, 2018
PowerPoint Presentation:Compare & Contrast Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences
PowerPoint Presentation:Basic Thesis Statement There are many similarities and differences between apples and oranges . Better Thesis Statement 2. Apples and oranges are similar because they are both fruit, but they differ in color , texture , and nutritional value . Your thesis statement MUST include the 2 topics you will compare and contrast .
PowerPoint Presentation:Notice the “parallel structure” in this thesis statement (3 nouns – color, texture, value ) Apples and oranges are similar because they are both fruit, but they differ in color , texture , and nutritional value . Not parallel: Apples and oranges are similar because they are both fruit, but they differ in color , texture , and how much nutrition they contain .
PowerPoint Presentation:Basic Thesis Statement As vacation destinations, Alaska and Hawaii have some similarities and some differences. Better Thesis Statement 2. As vacation destinations, Alaska and Hawaii offer similar types of accommodations , but they differ greatly in their climate and natural beauty .
PowerPoint Presentation:Basic Thesis Statement Papa John's and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza restaurants are similar in some ways, but they have two major differences. Better Thesis Statement 2. Papa John's and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza restaurants have similar menus , but their atmospheres and prices set them apart.
PowerPoint Presentation:Notice the “parallel structure” in this thesis statement Papa John's and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza restaurants have similar menus , but their atmospheres and prices set them apart . (3 S + V combinations)
PowerPoint Presentation:How would your topic sentences look for this essay? (Thesis Statement) Papa John's and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza restaurants have similar menus , but their atmospheres and prices set them apart . S imilar to Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza, Papa John's menu offers many choices in fresh ingredients and toppings . (similarity) However , compared to Papa John's, Anthony's has an upscale atmosphere . (difference #1) Unlike Anthony's, Papa John's prices are more reasonable for people on a budget. (difference #2) Concluding paragraph – Summarize your main points & evaluate which thing is superior in which areas, or include a suggestion that people can make a choice based on their own preferences or needs. Notice the compare/contrast words in green
PowerPoint Presentation:Topic sentences must include: Topic - the 2 things you are comparing (Papa Johns & Anthony’s . ) Controlling idea - the point of comparison or contrast (ex. similar menus, different service, the same skills, opposite abilities, different cost, etc.) Don’t forget compare/contrast words and/or transition words in each topic sentence.
PowerPoint Presentation:Have fun writing!
Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences
A thesis statement defines the scope and purpose of the paper. It needs
to meet three criteria:
1. It must be arguable rather than a statement of fact. It should also say something original about the topic.
Bad thesis: Lily Bart experiences the constraints of many social conventions in The House of Mirth. [Of course she does. What does she do with these social conventions, and how does she respond to them? What's your argument about this idea?]
Better thesis: Lily Bart seeks to escape from the social conventions of her class in The House of Mirth, but her competing desires for a place in Selden's "republic of the spirit" and in the social world of New York cause her to gamble away her chances for a place in either world. [You could then mention the specific scenes that you will discuss.]
2. It must be limited enough so that the paper develops in some depth.
Bad thesis: Lily Bart and Clare Kendry are alike in some ways, but different in many others. [What ways?]
Better thesis: Lily Bart and Clare Kendry share a desire to "pass" in their respective social worlds, but their need to take risks and to reject those worlds leads to their destruction.
3. It must be unified so that the paper does not stray from the topic.
Bad thesis: Lily Bart gambles with her future, and Lawrence Selden is only a spectator rather than a hero of The House of Mirth. [Note: This is really the beginning of two different thesis statements.]
Better thesis: In The House of Mirth, Lawrence Selden is a spectator who prefers to watch and judge Lily than to help her. By failing to assist her on three separate occasions, he is revealed as less a hero of the novel than as the man responsible for Lily's downfall. [Note: Sometimes thesis statements are more than one sentence long.]
4. Statements such as "In this essay I will discuss " or "I will compare two stories in this paper" or "I was interested in Marji's relationship with God, so I thought I would talk about it in this essay" are not thesis statements and are unnecessary, since mentioning the stories in the introduction already tells the reader this.
Good topic sentences can improve an essay's readability and organization. They usually meet the following criteria:
1. First sentence. A topic sentence is usually the first sentence of the paragraph, not the last sentence of the previous paragraph.
2. Link to thesis. Topic sentences use keywords or phrases from the thesis to indicate which part of the thesis will be discussed.
3. Introduce the subject of the paragraph. They tell the reader what concept will be discussed and provide an introduction to the paragraph.
4. Link to the previous paragraph. They link the subject of the present paragraph to that of the previous paragraph.
5. Indicate the progression of the essay. Topic sentences may also signal to the reader where the essay has been and where it is headed through signposting words such as "first," "second," or "finally."
Good topic sentences typically DON'T begin with the following.
1. A quotation from a critic or from the piece of fiction you're discussing. The topic sentence should relate to your points and tell the reader what the subject of the paragraph will be. Beginning the paragraph with someone else's words doesn't allow you to provide this information for the reader.
2. A piece of information that tells the reader something more about the plot of the story. When you're writing about a piece of literature, it's easy to fall into the habit of telling the plot of the story and then adding a sentence of analysis, but such an approach leaves the reader wondering what the point of the paragraph is supposed to be; it also doesn't leave you sufficient room to analyze the story fully. These "narrative" topic sentences don't provide enough information about your analysis and the points you're making.
Weak "narrative" topic sentence: Lily Bart next travels to Bellomont, where she meets Lawrence Selden again.
Stronger "topic-based" topic sentence: A second example of Lily's gambling on her marriage chances occurs at Bellomont, where she ignores Percy Gryce in favor of Selden. [Note that this tells your reader that it's the second paragraph in a series of paragraph relating to the thesis, which in this case would be a thesis related to Lily's gambling on her marriage chances.]
3. A sentence that explains your response or reaction to the work, or that describes why you're talking about a particular part of it, rather than why the paragraph is important to your analysis.
Weak "reaction" topic sentence: I felt that Lily should have known that Bertha Dorset was her enemy.
Stronger "topic-based" topic sentence: Bertha Dorset is first established as Lily's antagonist in the train scene, when she interrupts Lily's conversation with Percy Gryce and reveals that Lily smokes.
Any compare and contrast essay compares two things, ideas, or people for the purpose of arriving at a conclusion. The thesis statement for this type of essay is the sentence in the introduction that relays to readers the results of the comparison and what to expect from the essay that follows. This sentence must also clearly state the significance of the comparison, answering the question of why this comparison is worthy of attention.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou