Activity: Writing Thesis Statements
A thesis statement is one or two sentences which express the main idea of your paper.
A thesis statement:
1. Provides author with a direction to write his or her paper; and
2. Provides the reader with an idea as to what the paper will be about.
In the activities that follow, construct a thesis statement for each of the topic questions. For each question,
1. Write a declaration (you opinion on the topic you can agree or disagree),
2. Three reasons to support your declaration,
3. One reason to oppose your declaration, and
4. A thesis statement for each.
The first example has been completed for you. Follow this example closely for the remaining four topic questions.
|Topic Question||Should high school students have a curfew?|
Opinion on the Topic
High school students should have an enforced curfew.
|Three Reasons to Support your Opinion||1. Students are less likely to get into trouble if they are home.
2. Students need their rest for school.
3. Being behind the wheel of a vehicle during the early morning hours increases their chances of accidents.
|One Reason to Oppose your Opinion||1. The police officers have more important things to worry about than whether or not a high school student is out after curfew.
|Thesis Statement||Even though police officers have more important things to worry about, high school students should have an enforced curfew because students need their rest for school and are less likely to get into trouble or have accidents if the curfew is enforced.|