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Thesis Statements

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A Formula For Writing Thesis Statements
First, thesis statements have three main elements:
A. Your Position B. The Qualification C. The Reason
The Steps
1
Determine Your Topic
What's the general category of your essay? (For this example we will use School.)
2
State Your Position
What is the one thing about your topic that you believe is true? If you don't know, take the time to map out your topic. (This Example: Schools have too many students.)
3
Think of a Qualification
Is there a valid argument against your position? some questions that might help: A. Is what you say always true? B. Are there exceptions? C. Are there good reasons your position will have a downside? D. What reasons would your position have any problems, and can you admit them up front? (This Example: Although schools of over a thousand students have flourished in America...)
4
Give the Reason
Why do you think your position is correct in spite of your qualification? What is the good to be gained by your position? (This Example: Small school populations lend themselves to building a community of learners.)
5
Put Them Together
Arrange your steps in this order: 3+4+2 = Thesis (Qualification + Reason + Position = Thesis) This Example: Although schools of over a thousand students have flourished in America, small school populations lend themselves to building a good community of learners, and therefore we should consider limiting school populations to a hundred.)