Learning to… WRITE A GREAT THESIS STATEMENT. GHSGWT. Sandra Hurtte Union Grove High School July 2013. What. IS. a. THESIS. STATEMENT?. This one ruling idea that will be supported by the body paragraphs.
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WRITE A GREAT THESIS STATEMENT
Union Grove High School
The purpose of the remainder of the essay is to prove the thesis to the reader.
The thesis serves as a plan for the writer.
The thesis is a contract between the writer and the reader.
The thesis statement prevents the writer from just rambling on and on without a controlling purpose.
MUST BE the last sentence
of the first paragraph
MUST pick a side
—agree or disagree
MUST be ONE sentence
MUST restate the topic
sentence of the
The thesis statement is ALWAYS the LAST sentencein the introductory paragraph.
This allows the writer to transition smoothly and easily from the introduction to the first body paragraph.
Writing Topic: In some countries, young persons (male and female) are required to serve two years of military service. Your state legislature is considering a similar policy in the United States that would require all high school graduates to serve two years of military service following high school graduation. What is your opinion on this issue?
“It is important to the safety of our country that state legislature immediately take steps to enact mandatory military service for high school seniors following graduation.”
And STICK WITH IT!
Make sure you can come up with enough EVIDENCE to support the side you choose BEFORE you begin writing.
YOU do not have to agree of disagree in REAL LIFE—you just have to convince the reader that you do.
The thesis statement in a persuasive essay is ONE well-written sentence that restates the topic and chooses a side.
Cell phone are used in restaurants.
The first example restates the topic but fails to choose a side AND is very weak.
The use of cell phone in restaurants must be
The second example restates the topic (cell phone use in restaurants), AND chooses a side (should be banned).
Writing Topic:The local school system is considering requiring high school students to wear school uniforms. They believe it will improve student attention, academic success, morale, and reduce violence. Write a persuasive letter to the local school board arguing either for or against school uniforms.
BAD: Students should not have to wear them.
GOOD: It is imperative that the local school system immediately dismiss current plans to force students to wearuniforms.
Thesis (for school uniforms)
BAD: I agree with the school system.
GOOD: It is critical that the local school system take immediate steps to implement a much needed schoolwideuniforms policy for students.
Writing Topic: Several local legislators believe that teen drivers should not receive a license before the age of eighteen. They believe that increasing the legal driving age to eighteen will reduce teen accidents and death rates. Write a persuasive newspaper article arguing either for or against increasing the legal driving age to eighteen.
BAD: This idea is just ridiculous.
GOOD: The local legislators must take immediate steps to ensure that alaw preventing teen drivers from receiving a license until the age of eighteen is never enacted.
Thesis (for license at the age of eighteen)
BAD: I disagree with this opinion because students need their license.
GOOD: A law preventing teen drivers from obtaining a license until the age of eighteen should be enacted as soon as possible.
A thesis STATEMENT is always a STATEMENT—never a question.
Begin your first body paragraph IMMEDIATELY after the thesis statement.
RESTATE THE TOPIC
PICK A SIDE—AND STICK WITH IT
MUST BE ONE SENTENCE IN LENGTH