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.
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.
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.
Prompt: What would you do with a million dollars?
Prompt: Agree or disagree with this statement: “Cars are more dangerous than guns.”