All good thesis statements present a topic that is
One type of thesis statement is a thesis that lists
A thesis statement that lists points previews the
ideas supported in the upcoming body paragraphs.
Determining a Stance
When drafting the thesis statement, determine the
overall stance you want to take on the topic and then
the supporting arguments for such an argument.
Argument explored: Should school uniforms be
Stance: School uniforms should be required.
Supporting the Stance
School uniforms should be required because…
• Sub-topic #1
• Sub-topic #2
• Sub-topic #3
Breaking It Down into 3 Sub-Topics
• School uniforms improve studentteacher relations.
• School uniforms encourage
• School uniforms enhance school
Next, using parallel structure, combine the three
sub-topics into one sentence.
Parallel structure lists items and uses words and
phrases that end similarly. For instance, if a list of
words uses the –ing form of a word, all words in the
list use the –ing form.
Examples of Parallel Structure
Non-Parallel Structure: Activities where students write,
are multiplying, and label ensure more effective mastery of a
Parallel Structure: Activities using writing, multiplying,
and labeling ensure more effective mastery of a topic.
Non-Parallel Structure: Negative public feedback should
never be issued because it is offensive, unnecessary, and
makes everyone depressed.
Parallel Structure: Negative public feedback should never
be issued because it is offensive, unnecessary, and depressing.
Thesis Statement with Listed Points
Non-Parallel Structure: School uniforms should
improve school relations, solidarity, and can lead to more
safety in schools.
Parallel Structure: School uniforms should be
required to improve school relations, solidarity, and
Finally, in your body paragraphs, you will write at least
one paragraph on each of the sub-topics mentioned in
the three-part thesis statement so that your thesis
statement is well-supported.