Workshop: Regents' Writing Test
What should I know before I take the test? Mouse over the questions to see the answers.
What should I do during the Regents' Test? Mouse over the questions to see the answers.
The Question and Its Thesis
The thesis statement is essentially your answer to the essay question. It must be discussable, creating the question "Why?" in readers' minds. For it to be discussable, it must be an opinion and not a fact.
Workable thesis statement: Living in the city is preferable to living in the country.
Nothing to discuss — just a fact: I live in the city.
Workable thesis statement: My favorite movie is Gone with the Wind.
Nothing to discuss — just a fact: I have watched Gone with the Wind thirty-nine times.
Read the following questions and come up with a thesis statement for each. In the answer box will be a sample thesis. Click on the hint button for explanations.
Once you have your thesis, come up with two or three points that will serve as the topic sentences in your essay. You might create them as a cluster or as an outline.
Consider the question, "How do you expect your college education to change the rest of your life? Discuss."
THESIS: My college education will change my life in several ways. POINTS: improved communication skills, increased self-worth, working in chosen career
If you would like to write a sample essay, you're welcome to stop by Dr. Strickland's office, 218, for help.