Identify Thesis Statements in Texts
Being able to identify the purpose and thesis of a text, while you’re reading it, takes practice. This section will offer you that practice.
One fun strategy for developing a deeper understanding the material you’re reading is to make a visual “map” of the ideas. Mind maps, whether hand-drawn or done through computer programs, can be fun to make, and help put all the ideas of an essay you’re reading in one easy-to-read format.
Your understanding of what the “central” element of the mind map is might change as you read and re-read. Developing the central idea of your mind map is a great way to help you determine the reading’s thesis.
What You Will Learn to Do
- identify explicit thesis statements in texts
- identify implicit thesis statements in texts
- identify strategies for using thesis statements to predict content of texts
The Learning Activities for This Outcome Include
- Video: Identify the Thesis Statement
- Text: Topic Sentences
- Self Check: Thesis
- Try It: Thesis