Thesis Statement

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There are many ways to approach writing a thesis statement.
Just make sure that it is not simple fact and that you can support it with good evidence from reliable sources.


Statement of Purpose
Possible thesis statement

"I want to learn about what has influenced the music of 50 cent."

The music of 50 cent has been heavily influenced by (you fill in the blank).

"I want to find out some ways to stop teen gang activity.

Teen gang activity in the United States can be stopped by a combined approach which consists of supervised youth programs, more job availability, and closer family relationships   

Teenage gang activity can only be stopped with early education in the public school systems.





"I want to know how close we are to a cure for AIDS."

Although much research has gone into finding a cure for the AIDS virus, we are no closer to a real cure than we were when the disease first became known. 

After years of research , scientists are on the verge of discovering a cure for the AIDS virus.

"I want to know why Christians and Muslims fought so hard with each other during the middle ages."

Even though Christians and Muslims were supposedly fighting for religious dominance in the medieval world, their motives were strongly affected by the desire for land and economic power.

Medieval Christians and Muslims were fighting exclusively for deeply held religious beliefs.



You can see that there is more than one way to write a thesis statement, depending on what you find out in your research and what your opinion is.


Thesis Statement:  Statement of Purpose

Thesis Statement:  Statement of Purpose

A thesis statement is a sentence that explicitly identifies the purpose of the paper or previews its main ideas.

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A thesis statement is an assertion, not a statement of fact or an observation.

Fact or observation: People use many lawn chemicals.

Thesis: People are poisoning the environment with chemicals merely to keep their lawns clean

A thesis takes a stand rather than announcing a subject.

Announcement: The thesis of this paper is the difficulty of solving our environmental problems.

Thesis: Solving our environmental problems is more difficult than many environmentalists believe.

A thesis is the main idea, not the title. It must be a complete sentence that explains in some detail what you expect to write about.

Title: Social Security and Old Age.

Thesis: Continuing changes in the Social Security System makes it almost impossible to plan intelligently for one's retirement.

A thesis statement is narrow, rather than broad. If the thesis statement is sufficiently narrow, it can be fully supported.

Broad: The American steel industry has many problems.

Narrow: The primary problem if the American steel industry is the lack of funds to renovate outdated plants and equipment. 

A thesis statement is specific rather than vague or general.

Vague: Hemingway's war stories are very good.

Specific: Hemingway's stories helped create a new prose style by employing extensive dialogue, shorter sentences, and strong Anglo-Saxon words.

A thesis statement has one main point rather than several main points. More than one point may be too difficult for the reader to understand and the writer to support.

More than one main point: Stephen Hawking's physical disability has not prevented him from becoming a world-renowned physicist, and his book is the subject of a movie.

One Main point: Stephen Hawking's physical disability has not prevented him from becoming a world renowned physicist.