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Thesis Statements

Some things we need to know about writing a good thesis statement.
by David Elder on 28 January 2011

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Thesis Statements (are kind of important) Some things you'll need to know A thesis statement is an assertion, not a statement of fact or an observation. People use many lawn chemicals. People are poisoning the environment with chemicals merely to keep their lawns clean. A thesis takes a stand rather than announcing a subject. The thesis of this paper is the difficulty of solving our environmental problems. Solving our environmental problems is more difficult than many environmentalists believe. A thesis statement is narrow, rather than broad. If the thesis statement is sufficiently narrow, it can be fully supported. The American steel industry has many problems. The primary problem if the American steel industry is the lack of funds to renovate outdated plants and equipment. A thesis statement has one main point rather than several main points. More than one point may be too difficult for the reader to understand and the writer to support. Stephen Hawking's physical disability has not prevented him from becoming a world-renowned physicist, and his book is the subject of a movie. Stephen Hawking's physical disability has not prevented him from becoming a world renowned physicist SOME TIPS 1. You can revise your thesis statement whenever you want to while you are writing your essay. Writers often discover what their real purpose and point is in the process of putting their thoughts into words and then reading what they've written. 2. Determine what kind of paper you are writing: An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience. An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience. An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided. 3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper. A thesis statement should be CLEAR CONCISE ARGUABLE SUPPORTABLE An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds. The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers. High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness. The paper that follows should:

1. explain the analysis of the college admission process
2. explain the challenge facing admissions counselors The paper that follows should:

explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers The paper that follows should:

present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college
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