Top 7 Examples Of A Good Thesis Statement
Today I want to talk about one of the greatest challenges facing any student who wants to pass his or her written assignment with flying colors. You are right – I am going to explain how to write an excellent thesis statement. So, look through these seven ideas and come up with a thesis statement that will impress your professor.
Idea 1: Understand What Thesis Statement Is
Just like you don’t start your journey without an accurate road map, you cannot write a decent paper without a clear thesis statement. Basically, thesis statement is the “road map” of your paper.
Still hard to understand? Ok, below is a short list of what thesis statement is:
- Short sentence presenting an argument to the reader.
- Backbone around which all subsequent work is structured.
And here is the list of what thesis statement is not:
- Introduction of the topic: “This paper will examine/discuss/analyze etc…”
- Introduction of the author: “I am going to confirm/prove/refute etc…”
- Asking your reader a question: “What is the antecedent/effect/consequence etc…?”
Idea 2: Compose A Thesis Statement Outline
Your professor should have told you that an outline is helpful to write a good paper. Well, the same rule applies to writing a thesis statement.
A strong thesis statement includes the following elements:
Now, let’s see how all these elements work together in the following thesis statement: “In an overwhelming majority of cases (qualification), income-based inequality leads to health disparities (topic and position) because of the fallacies in the national insurance system (reason).”
I believe that developing thesis statements can be fun. Make sure of it yourself and compose a thesis statement using the following formula:
Topic: “Eating sweets”
Position: “A good idea”
Reason: “Makes you happy”
Now, as your “sweet” thesis is complete, and your brain is recharged with glucose, you are ready to learn some more thesis statement ideas.
Idea 3: Always Distinguish Between Debatable And Non-Debatable
Naturally, debatable thesis statement is preferable, especially if you plan to write an argumentative or persuasive paper.
To understand the difference, I suggest comparing between the two theses statements.
Non-Debatable Thesis Statement: “Pollution is bad for the environment”
There are at least two reasons why this short (and pretty clumsy) to call this thesis statement a non-debatable. In the first place, the word pollution has a negative denotation: when reading this word, we already understand it stands for something not very good. Second, neither study indicates that pollution has any advantage. So, there’s simply nothing to argue about.
Non-debatable thesis statement is commonly boring, so you should better have a debatable one.
Debatable Thesis Statement: ”At least 25 percent of the federal budget should be spent on limiting pollution.”
It is a perfect example of a debatable statement, since reading it people may have thoughts like: “Right, we should invest more in limiting pollution”, “We must allocate more resources to education”, or “He’s crazy! Where will we find the money?!”
Idea 4: Different Types Of Essay Need A Different Thesis Statement
Experts suggest a rule of thumb: determine the type of essay before drafting a thesis statement.
Basically, essays are divided into three types:
Thesis example: Shaped by religious tradition and belief the supremacy of Western culture, 20th century United States foreign policy has reinforced racism against the Middle East (Source: University of Evansville).
Thesis example: High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness (Source: University of Evansville).
Thesis example: The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending classes, and socializing with peers (Source: University of Evansville).
NB: You can learn more about different types of essays by visiting the aforementioned Purdue Online Writing Lab, University of Evansville’s website or other reputable resource.
Idea 5: A Good Thesis Statement Is Always Narrow
At times, there are too many things that seem relevant to your essay. But the problem is that you cannot fit them all in your paper, unless you want to confuse the reader. So, consider writing on a limited number of topics and include them in your narrowed thesis.
To see the difference between a broad and a narrowed thesis statement, consider the examples below.
Thesis Example 1 : Drug use is detrimental to society (Source: Purdue Online Writing Lab).
Thesis Example 2 : Illegal drug use is detrimental because it encourages drug violence (Source: Purdue Online Writing Lab).
I hope you didn’t have any difficulties with distinguishing between the broad and the narrowed thesis statements. Indeed, the second thesis has been narrowed to reflect a specific aspect of illegal drug use – drug violence.
Idea 6: Good Thesis Statement Picks Up A Side
Remember that a strong thesis statement picks up one side or another, but never both. This idea can be illustrated by the thesis statements below:
Thesis Statement Example 1:
Drug use is detrimental because it encourages drug violence, therefore it should be outlawed. But there are instances when people take drugs for medical reasons. It means that drug use is a controversial public issue, and we cannot introduce a regulation that would satisfy everyone.
In fact, it’s the worst thesis statement I’ve ever seen. The main problem with this thesis is that while familiarizing it, the reader will likely feel confused: “So, what on earth is he thinking about drug use?! Is it good? Is it bad?”
Like in a real-life conversation, you cannot pick up both sides, since your interlocutor might think that you don’t have your opinion at all. So, do not let anyone question your critical thinking and pick up one side only.
And now consider another example of an argumentative essay thesis.
Thesis Statement Example 2 :
Drug use is detrimental to society because it encourages drug violence, therefore strict measures must be taken to stop illicit drug trafficking.
I think it is a MUCH better thesis statement, because it clearly reveals the thought that you want to convey in your essay: Drug use should be stopped.
Still stuck on your thesis statement? Then go to the final, seventh idea…
Idea 7: Use Thesis Statement Generator To Compose A Statement
You can find plenty of thesis statement generators online. And even more pleasant is the fact that most of these statement generators are free.
With minor differences, most thesis statement generators have a universal algorithm:
- State the topic
- State your opinion about the topic
- Provide the strongest reason that supports this opinion
- Give one more or several strong assertions to support your opinion
- Put all the elements together by pressing the button.
Voila, your thesis statement is complete!
However, a friendly advice is to edit the generated thesis prior to submission. Make sure that it is clear, succinct, thought provoking and deserves the highest grade!