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The Main Idea

Take a look at the sentences below. Which do you think would make a better sentence to state the main idea for a short paper?
We took a vacation in Canada last summer.
Our vacation in Canada last summer was a disaster.
The main idea, or thesis, should give your readers a clear and specific idea of your topic.
The main idea should also include some opinion about the topic.
The main idea can be thought of as a one or two sentence summary of the whole writing project.
It is often a good idea to state your main idea early on.

Practice - An exercise in evaluating thesis statements.


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