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Level 3 Thesis Statements!

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Brittany Clark- Slaughter

on 2 July 2013

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Level 3 Thesis Statements!
You've made it so far!
You guys have come so far in writing thesis statements! You went from a level 1 (which is a subject + 3 points):

"I like going to the beach because it's relaxing, it's good exercise if you swim, and it's a great way to bond with friends and family."

To a level 2 (which is subject + 3 points + narrower):

"The beach helps your physical and mental well-being because it is relaxing, has opportunities for good exercise, and gives you an excuse to bond with your friends and family."
Now it's time for the final level!
Level 3 is the final level. If you can manage to make getting to level 3 second nature, you'll have NO problems coming up with thesis statements for the rest of high school and beyond (and in college you're going to need thesis statements in EVERY subject....including math).

Level 3's formula looks like this:
Let me explain...
A counterargument is an the argument from the other side (or the people reading your paper who may not agree with you). It's just good sense to acknowledge your counterargument in your paper because no one's going to take you seriously if you don't look at all sides of the story. It makes you look even MORE skilled if you throw it in your thesis statement as well.

Think about it....when you want to argue with your parents that you should be able to attend a party (even if it's on a school night), you're not just going to go up to them and say, "I should be able to attend this party." That's a WEAK thesis statement. Instead, you're going to acknowledge what they will say back to you BEFORE they even get a chance to say it. Something like this: "I know it's a school night, but I really should be able to attend this party." That way, they can't even argue with you yet. The longer you hold them off from arguing, the bigger your chance of attending the party.

Come on, you know you all do it, so why not do it in your papers as well?
Here's an Example...
Let's take the beach example. We're going to start with the level 2 statement:

"The beach helps your physical and mental well-being because it is relaxing, has opportunities for good exercise, and gives you an excuse to bond with your friends and family."

Now, to make it a level 3, we need a counterargument. What's something your reader could say to argue back with you about the beach? How about the fact that the beach is dangerous (sharks! potential drowning! AH!)?

Let's add in this counterargument. My favorite way to do this is by using the word "while."

Now you try it!
Alright, now it's your turn. I'd suggest taking your thesis statements from the beginning (I like/I don't like) and adding counter arguments. Here's mine:

"While many argue that figure skating is a dangerous sport, it's also a sport that promotes hard work and being part of a community."

Your goal is to write four level 3 thesis statements and post them to your blog!

A quick note: Level 3 thesis statements are advanced, so they are typically used for papers in which you are ARGUING something. If you are writing a plain old research paper where you don't put your opinion in AT ALL, usually a level 2 will do.
Subject + 3 points + Narrower + Counterargument
"While many argue that the beach can be a dangerous place, it also helps your physical and mental well-being because it is relaxing, has opportunities for good exercise, and gives you an excuse to bond with your friends and family."

Do you see how we acknowledged our counterargument in our thesis? This is going to make all those anti-beach people be quiet from the start because you are PROMISING them you will talk about the dangers of the beach in your paper (and you better deliver on your promise....remember, a thesis statement is a PROMISE).
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