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THESIS STATEMENT-ARGUMENT

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Rod Williams

on 10 October 2016

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Transcript of THESIS STATEMENT-ARGUMENT

Too Broad
Drug use is detrimental to society.
Narrow/Focused Revision
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
An
argumentative
or
persuasive
piece of writing must begin with a
debatable
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.
Another Example
Pollution is bad for the environment.
THESIS STATEMENT-ARGUMENT
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
Narrowed
down to
illegal
drugs and the detriment has been narrowed down to
gang
violence. This is a much more
manageable
topic.
This thesis statement is not debatable:
All would agree pollution is bad (not debatable)
Weak
This is an example of a
debatable
thesis because reasonable people could
disagree
with it.
Some people
might think that this is how we should spend the nation's money.
Others
might feel that we should be spending more money on education. Still
others
could argue that corporations, not the government, should be paying to limit pollution.
This thesis
narrows
the scope of the
argument
by specifying not just the
amount
of money used but also
how
the money could actually help to control pollution.

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