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THESIS STATEMENTS
From here on out, think of thesis statements as keys and maps. A driver needs a key or remote to start her vehicle. A map or set of directions would certainly make a drive to a new destination smoother. Similarly, a writer needs a thesis statement to start his paper and writing would be a lot smoother with some direction from a well-written thesis statement. They are ridiculously convenient, incredibly valuable, and actually quite simple to develop.
SO, WHAT IS A THESIS STATEMENT? It is one complete sentence that answers the prompt and contains three main ideas to support the response.

Thesis Statement Format

Thesis Statement Answer to prompt + reason 1 + reason 2 + reason 3.


ACTIVITY DIRECTIONS


Review the prompts and thesis statement examples below and Write your own thesis statement below with the provided prompts.

EXAMPLE

Prompt: If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose?

Thesis statement: If I could be one age for the rest of my life, I would choose to be four because I would not have to go to school, I would have no household responsibilities, and I could play all day.

EXAMPLE

Prompt: What is the most daring stunt you have ever performed?

Thesis statement: The most daring stunt I have ever performed was rollerblading on my skateboard down a steep hill because I was not experienced, I had not reviewed the terrain, and I almost died.

EXAMPLE

Prompt: Confucius once said: “Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” Agree or disagree with this statement.
Thesis statement: I agree with Confucius’ statement: “Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life” because disliking your job will feel like work, loving what you do will make you happy, and therefore loving your job will make work fun.

PRACTICE


  1. Prompt: What would you do with a million dollars?


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  1. Prompt: Agree or disagree with this statement: “Cars are more dangerous than guns.”


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  1. Prompt: Teenagers often strive to be different, yet they sometimes dress exactly alike. Explain why this statement is true.


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  1. Prompt: Teenagers often strive to be different, yet they sometimes dress exactly alike. Explain why this statement is false.



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  1. Prompt: Which is worse: Fast food or never exercising?



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