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5 tips to improve thesis statements

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Barbara Lawrence

on 13 December 2012

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Why? A thesis statement is the main argument contained in the essay and tells the reader the writer's opinion on the topic. 5 Tips to Improve Thesis Statements 1. There must be an arguable point a) Many writers agree that animals should not be used for
experimentation.

b) Nowadays animal rights is a hot topic.

c) All round the world people are beginning to ask if animal
experimentation is morally acceptable.

d) Animal experimentation is cruel and unjustified, and
should be illegal.
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d) it is clear that that the writer is stating this as his/her opinion of fact.

a) and c) mentions what other people think.

b) does not show any specific opinion about animal rights. 3. It must clearly show the writer's own opinion a) The internet has both positive and negative
aspects

b) There are many arguments against the
internet.

c) The internet tends to have positive effects.

d) The internet is an extremely useful educational
tool if it is used wisely.
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d) the reader can understand exactly what the Inarguement is.

In a), b) and c) the reader does not get any clear information, and will ask: What are the aspects/arguments/effects? 2. It must not be too general - be clear & specific! a) Cosmetic surgery is widespread in the modern world.

b) Many people go to Korea for cosmetic surgery.

c) This essay will show that Korean surgeons perform many
face lift operations.

d) Cosmetic surgery is frequently dangerous to health and
should be more effectively controlled.
* * * * *

d) makes an arguable point as many people would not
agree that it is often dangerous to health.

a), b) and c) are common knowledge and there cannot
be much discussion about these statements Why? Why? 4. A thesis statement often gives an organisational structure for the essay body. a) The following essay will argue that red wine is beneficial for health.

b) Small quantities of red wine are good for the digestive system and this
is supported by almost all of the research.

c) Red wine is extremely unlikely to have any of the health benefits that
are claimed for it.

d) Drinking one glass of wine a day with your main meal is healthy because
it reduces the risk of heart disease and some cancers.
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d) signals to the reader that red wine's effect on heart disease, then on
cancers, will be discussed in the essay body.

a), b) and c) are good, clear thesis statements, but do not tell the reader
anything about the contents of the essay body. Why? 5. In order to be clear, a thesis statement should use specific language Partying all night can have negative effects on student learning.

Partying all night causes loss of sleep and results in poor memory and low examination results


Eating chocolate has many good effects.

Eating dark chocolate lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, leading to a healthier heart. meaning not clear meaning not clear
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