difference between claim and thesis
Be especially vigilant for instances in which the speaker/writer/source makes one (kind of) claim and supports another (but thereby expects the audience to accept the first as established). And of course, you don’t want to make this error. For example, I might make the claim:
1 main claim of value (the value MUST be on the Rokeach list)
- Ursula K. Le Guin’s ability to subvert cultural and social expectations makes her one of the best authors of the last century.
For an argument essay, the thesis statement is also called making a CLAIM. The claim states the purpose of the argument: it demonstrates “value” (defending principles you hold as important), “policy” (what should be done about the problem); or “facts” (what you are trying to prove is clearly stated with evidence, interpretations, and examples that are accurate, recent, and the authorities reliable).
PART I: Introduces the subject or topic of the paper. It answers the question WHO? Or WHAT? Who or what tells the reader what the paper is about.
Some examples of descriptive theses:
Theses can be statements about matters of fact (e.g., the physical structure of the atom), interpretation (e.g., the true meaning of Hamlet), analysis (e.g., the causes of diabetes), or values (e.g., the morality of the death penalty). In this class theses about values are not allowed. (See below re: prescriptive and descriptive theses). Your paper should make a persuasive case about some question of fact, interpretation or analysis.
Although both Doreen Cronin’s Click, Clack, Moo (2000) and A. Redfield’s Mr. His (1939) demonstrate the collective power to be gained by organizing, Redfield offers a more radical claim: Mr. His argues that workers need to replace the capitalist system, where Click, Clack Moo suggests that they need only collective bargaining, leaving the capitalist system intact.
4. Has the thesis developed out of a process of reasoning?