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English 101 Thesis Statement Requirements. I evaluate your essay based on the effectiveness of your central idea. You know you have a thesis if you can generate an Antithesis.

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English 101 Thesis Statement Requirements

I evaluate your essay based on theeffectivenessof your central idea.


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You know you have a thesis if you can generate an Antithesis

  • Scottsdale Community College’s English Department offers better computer enhanced classes than does the English Department at South Mountain Community College.

  • South Mountain Community College’s English Department offers better computer enhanced classes than does the English Department at Scottsdale Community College.


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Structuring a Thesis

An effective thesis for an argumentative essay may consist of two parts: a dependent clause which recognizes the opposing side of the argument and an independent element stating the pro side --the side you support. Common openers of the dependent element are although, despite, and despite the fact that.

In addition, especially for longer essays, an argumentative thesis is often divisional: it contains specific parts that give the reader a clearer focus on the direction and scope of the essay.

Example: Althoughthe U.S. government has made many efforts to advance minorities, their upward movement through social class is still hindered by obstacles inemployment, housing, lending, and education..


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Narrowing Process and Example Thesis

Broad Area:PublicEducation

Narrowed to:Alternatives to Public Education in Arizona

Narrowed to:Home Schooling in Arizona

Thesis=Specific Subject+Predicate which asserts an opinion about the subject

Example:Although some parents in Arizona think that teaching their own child might undermine the youngster’s education,home schoolingis a viable alternative to public education because it enables the youth to seek more academic and artistic freedom, permits him or her to participate in the discussion of family values and morals, and strengthens familial relationships.


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The follwing example is not a thesis.

Approximately twenty percent of Arizona parents think the state’s public education system has significant problems and that alternative methods of educating their children, like home schooling, may offer better solutions.


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To help you construct an effective thesis, visit one or all of the following web sites:

Capital Community College

Indiana University

Texas Tech

Rensselaer Polytechnic