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Transcript of THESIS STATEMENT-ARGUMENT
Drug use is detrimental to society.
Illegal drug use is detrimental because it encourages gang violence.
Narrow It Even More
At least 25 percent of the federal budget should be spent on helping upgrade business to clean technologies, researching renewable energy sources, and planting more trees in order to control or eliminate pollution.
Make it Debatable
At least 25 percent of the federal budget should be spent on limiting pollution.
Must Be Debatable
piece of writing must begin with a
thesis or claim. In other words, the thesis must be something that people could reasonably have differing opinions on. If your thesis is something that is generally agreed upon or accepted as fact then there is no reason to try to persuade people.
Pollution is bad for the environment.
Too broad for several reasons:
"drugs" is too big of a category (illegal? alcohol? all meds?)
detrimental how? (moral? financial?)
What society? (America? World? Adults? Children?)
This claim leaves too many questions unanswerable
drugs and the detriment has been narrowed down to
violence. This is a much more
This thesis statement is not debatable:
All would agree pollution is bad (not debatable)
This is an example of a
thesis because reasonable people could
might think that this is how we should spend the nation's money.
might feel that we should be spending more money on education. Still
could argue that corporations, not the government, should be paying to limit pollution.
the scope of the
by specifying not just the
of money used but also
the money could actually help to control pollution.