Senior English Skill #1 A thesis statement is probably the most important sentence in: An short response English answer An essay A persuasive speech A feature article A news report And, many other analytical of informative texts that you have to be able to write in senior English Purpose = reason / point / idea / Statement = declaration / “answer” (to a question) / announcement / assertion / Unified = makes clear sense / ideas are “stuck” together and make sense / joined / cohesive / integrated / bring together / matching ideas all together Facilitates = enables / assists / helps / makes simple / makes easy You start with a combination of: 1. The words in the topic name (or the concept) of the unit of study (the course) you are doing in class AND / OR 2. The actual words in the question that you have been asked to answer: Short answer question Essay question Feature article topic Etc… In Loch Ard Gorge, how does John Foulcher represent the main concerns of the poem? How = ??? Represent (as in an = ??? Concerns = ??? English question) “how” = “what language forms and features have been used?” “represent” = show / illustrate / suggest / depict / imply / convey / influence the reader “concerns” = ideas / issues / themes / concepts / opinions / beliefs / values In Loch Ard Gorge, how does John Foulcher represent the main concerns of the poem? (original question) Rewrite as… In Loch Ard Gorge, what language forms and features does John Foulcher use to show the main ideas in the poem? … Use the words in the new question – and change the question into a statement… In Loch Ard Gorge, what language forms and features does John Foulcher use to show the main ideas in the poem? Change into a statement In Loch Ard Gorge, John Foulcher uses a variety of language forms and features to show the main ideas in his poem.