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					Argumentative/Persuasive
        Writing
    Simple and Complete
     Thesis Statements
  A Simple Thesis Statement
• Also called: a claim, an assertion, a point of
  view, a position
• Must be more than just an opinion
   – It must be arguable.
   – It is a statement that can be supported by
     evidence.
• Presents a topic that is not too broad to be
  supported by the length of the paper
        Examples of
  Simple Thesis Statements
• School uniforms should not be
  mandatory.
• Cell phone use by children should be
  prohibited.
• Zoos accomplish many valuable goals.
  A Complete Thesis Statement
• Is arguable (a reasonable person could
  disagree with it)
• Can be supported by evidence, reasons, or
  examples
• Deals with a topic that is not too broad to be
  supported by the length of the paper
• Guides the reader like a road map, and
  supports the organization of the paper
• Is written in third person (not in first person “I”
  or “me”)
      Examples of Complete
       Thesis Statements
• School uniforms should not be mandatory; they
  hinder individual expression, teach conformity,
  and require the purchase of unwanted products.
• Cell phone use by children should be prohibited
  because cell phones burden families with extra
  expenses, may impair brain development, and
  can be unsafe.
• Zoos accomplish many valuable goals, such as
  saving endangered species, conducting valuable
  research, and providing entertainment.
         Practice: Simple or
     Complete Thesis Statements?
   With a partner, decide if these statements are simple
   or complete thesis statements.
• A healthy diet is important for teachers and
  students.
• A candidate’s ability to afford television
  advertising can have an impact on the
  outcome of congressional elections.
• Students attending public school should be
  required to wear uniforms because they
  reduce clothing costs, limit distractions, and
  develop school pride.
           More Practice…
Simple or Complete Thesis Statements?
• Monopoly should be called the best board
  game of our time because more copies have
  been sold than any other board game, it is
  played by both children and adults, and it has
  inspired many new games.
• Children should always wear helmets when
  riding their bikes both because it is the law and
  because following the law will prevent head
  injuries.
• Reading every night increases reading
  achievement on standardized tests, so
  students should read each night.

				
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