Use the chart above to make your own thesis statements. You can mix and match the different columns. Here are a variety of examples for different kinds of essays:
Cause: Why are Americans rapidly becoming more obese? Some people think that the cause of rising obesity is lack of individual self-control; however, the truth is that the growing waistlines are caused by corporations that secretly add sugar to make foods more addictive; technology which has made people less active, and more tied to their work; and portions sizes in restaurants, which have ingrained overeating into our habits.
Evaluation: Does Recycling really make a difference? Although it is true that one person's recycling may not make much of a difference, in fact, when all of us join together we can make a difference because when we all recycle: less waste goes into landfills, reusing things becomes more natural, and people get into better habits.
Explaining: How does playing a sport affect young people? Most people would say that learning how to play is the most important thing children get from a sport. In fact, children who play sports gain even more from learning about teamwork, realizing they must overcome defeat, and accepting their own place on a team.
Argument: Should parents be concerned if their children are obsessed with horror movies? Although many people scoff at the idea of movies as really influencing our behavior, in reality, parents need to be concerned about what their children are watching because children often can't tell reality from fiction, violent images desensitize us to real violence, and kids who watch violence obsessively may be exhibiting signs of deeper emotional problems.
Expository: Is there only one way to write a great thesis statement? Although this article might make you think that there is only one perfect thesis statement method, in fact, you can write good thesis statements in several different ways; however, by following the method described here you will learn an easy way to write a complex thesis idea that will not only impress your instructor but will also help you to write your essay easily.
When it comes to perfecting the dark art of thesis statements, there’s good news and bad news:
The bad news: Your thesis statement may well be the single, most important sentence in your essay, so you can’t mess it up.
The good news: It’s actually really, really easy to write a great thesis statement without wasting too many brain cells.
Luckily, despite what you may have been told, writing a thesis statement is actually incredibly easy. And we’re about to share a simple trick that will help you nail your statement every single time.
But before we get to the only thesis statement you’ll ever need, let’s take a look at the basics.
What is a Thesis Statement?
- A single sentence that is located at the end of your introduction.
- Tells the reader what your opinion is and what paper is going to prove.
- Directs your reader to the main pieces of evidence you will explore.
If you want to learn more, check out Purdue’s guide to thesis statements. If you’re ready to get started on crafting the perfect statement, read on.
Thesis Statements That Suck
I’m going to describe Shakespeare’s love life.
This essay will examine the life of a politician.
What’s so wrong?
These statements provide the reader with an idea about what the essay, dissertation or thesis will discuss, but don’t actually put anything on the line. There’s nothing at stake, no specific issue to be resolved and absolutely nothing to make the reader want to learn more. Many of the essays we come across as part of our student proofreading services contain this basic mistake.
Stating the obvious
Shakespeare wrote a lot about love.
Politicians work long hours.
What’s so wrong?
If very few people are actually likely to disagree with the issues you discuss in your essay, what’s the point in wasting your time analyzing them? Your thesis statement needs to make a claim that someone may disagree with. You will then spend your essay arguing why your claim is true. Check out our guide to writing argumentative essays for more deets.
Asking a question
Did Shakespeare ever get married?
Why are politicians paid so much?
What’s so wrong?
Your thesis statement should be clearly stating your position and the purpose of the essay, not posing a question. These questions are weak and do not give your reader any idea about what you’re intending to prove in your paper.
So, now we know what a poor statement looks like, how do you write a fabulous one?
The Only Thesis Statement Formula You Will Ever Need
Simply fill in the blanks related to the topic of your essay and what you intend to prove and you’re done.
By examining <claim one>, <claim two> and <claim three> it is clear that <opinion>.
See it in action:
By examining politicians’ long working hours, depth of responsibility, and the important role they play in the social and economic wellbeing of the country, it is clear that they are not overpaid.
Yep. It really is that easy.
And to make your life even easier, we’ve crammed all this great info into a free printable PDF. Print the poster out and refer to it when you’re in the process of crafting your next thesis statement.