This animated GIF highlights 5 essential factors of a powerful thesis sentence: upfront, single sentence, specific and summarizing, non-trivial, and with Toulmin reasoning
. Students will write clearer essays if they develop a habit-of-mind to consider all five of these factors in their thesis sentence. Image size 960×720 (file size 778 KB) for use as a full-size PowerPoint slide. Each of five frames lasts 3 seconds (PPT must be in Slide-Show mode to activate the looping animation); can also be resized as needed and used as a non-animated graphic in a handout about essay writing or persuasive communication. Note: You can pause an animated GIF during a PowerPoint Slide Show by Right-Clicking your mouse; you can resume animation with a Left-Click. This mouse-trick works in PPT 2010, but other PPT versions may work differently.
Used/tested and engaging with English Composition, English 101.
To learn how to make such animated GIFs using PowerPoint and a free online AGIF maker, see PowerPoint slide show Animated GIFs—How to Make and Use
For a more specific treatment of the Stephen Toulmin argument model, see Toulmin Argument Model.