One sentence that sums up the argument of your paper. This will help your reader quickly locate your main idea, and predict what is to come in your paper.
WHY DO I NEED A THESIS STATEMENT?
To test your ideas by expressing them in one or two sentences
To better organize and develop your argument
To give your reader a “guide to your argument”
CREATING A RESEARCH QUESTION
Once you have selected a topic, turn it into a question that you will answer in your paper.
Topic: The benefits of using computers in a 4 th grade classroom
Research Question: What are the benefits of using computers in a 4 th grade classroom?
The potential benefits of using computers in a 4 th grade classroom are…
Using computers in a 4 th grade classroom promises to improve…
WHAT IS THE RECIPE FOR A STRONG THESIS STATEMENT?
Thesis statement checklist:
Your thesis statement should
Take some sort of stand on the issue
Show that the topic is controversial (readers will be interested to hear your side of the argument)
Express ONE main idea
LET’S LOOK AT SOME EXAMPLES…
Indicate whether each thesis statement is strong or weak.
Explain why the strong thesis is effective (which element of our checklist does it emphasize?)
There are some negative and positive aspects to the Banana Herb Tea Supplement.
Because Banana Herb Tea Supplement promotes rapid weight loss that results in the loss of muscle and lean body mass, it poses a potential danger to customers.
Because the Internet is filled with tremendous marketing potential, companies should take advantage of this potential by using Web pages that offer both advertising and customer support.
Companies need to take advantage of the marketing potential of the Internet, and Web pages can provide both advertising and customer support.
World hunger has many causes and effects.
Hunger persists in Glandelinia because jobs are scarce and farming in the infertile soil is rarely profitable.
My family is an extended family.
While most American families would view marriages between relatives as a threat to the nuclear family structure, some Iranian families, like my own, believe that these marriages help reinforce kinship ties in an extended family.
NOW LET’S GIVE IT A GO…
In your group, develop a research question and a thesis statement that answers the question.
Banning cell phones in schools
Standardized testing (PSSAs) as a measure of student achievement