Thesis Statement

thesis_funnel.pngNow that you've chosen a topic, found out about the major issues, identified key people, significant literature, and persuasive tactics, you'll need to write a thesis statement. A thesis statement is a one to three sentence summary of what your research paper is going to be about. This statement will guide the organization of your paper.

For this research paper, your thesis must be a statement that can be argued as a pro/con or a yes/no. You will need to list three reasons why you believe the statement.

An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.

Here are some examples:
Even though George Washington wasn't a good strategist (con), he was still a good leader because he could get men to follow his orders in harsh conditions (reason 1), choose the right top military people in charge to organize the troops, (reason 2) and he could strategize battles to win the war (reason 3).

Because Susan B. Anthony was persistent, she helped to grow the Women’s Suffrage Movement (pro). She did this by helping to organize the National Woman’s Suffrage Association (reason 1), writing about the history of women’s suffrage (reason 2), and helping to pass the 19th Amendment (reason 3).

The idea of a Temperance Movement began in the early 1800’s but it wasn’t until 1919-1933 that it gained its highest popularity (statement). More people became involved in the Temperance Movement because technology allowed for better distilled alcohol which meant the alcohol was stronger (reason 1), more people became concerned with drunks and drinking (reason 2) and with stronger alcohol worker productivity was lower (reason 3).

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