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Thesis Statement Patterns

There is no single formula for writing a good thesis. However, the following patterns may be helpful.

 

Pattern

Example

 

1.

 

__________ is (doing) __________.

 

 

Many of the world’s rivers are drying up.

2.

__________ is a serious problem.

 

The use of child soldiers is a serious problem, especially in Africa.

3.

__________ is guilty of  [doing something horrible].

 

Saudi Arabia is guilty of violating the human rights of women.

4.

__________ is causing  [some terrible problem].

 

U.S. farm subsidies cause hunger and famine in Africa.

5.

The case of [some sad story] proves [something  is bad].

 

The case of Bechtel in Bolivia proves that water privatization schemes can harm poor people.  

6.

The three biggest problems facing __________ are __________, __________, and __________.

The three biggest problems facing Africa are AIDS, poverty, and desertification.


 

Often, a thesis will come in two parts. The first part may describe the problem, while the second part may suggest a solution.

 

 

Pattern

Example

 

7.

 

__________ is a serious international problem, and therefore the United Nations should take [such-and-such] action.

 

Global warming is a serious international problem, and therefore the United Nations should pass a resolution condemning countries that refuse to limit their production of greenhouse gasses.

 

Sometimes, a thesis contains a qualification (a clause which concedes that “your opponent” is partly right).

 

Pattern

Example

 

8.

 

Although __________, __________.

 

Although nuclear energy is a promising solution to the world’s energy needs, stricter regulations are necessary to ensure that nuclear power plants are safe.


Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.

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