ThesisStatement.pdf - WRITING THESIS STATEMENTS Upon successful completion of this lesson you should be able to distinguish an arguable thesis from a

ThesisStatement.pdf - WRITING THESIS STATEMENTS Upon...

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WRITING THESIS STATEMENTS Upon successful completion of this lesson, you should be able to: distinguish an arguable thesis from a statement of fact write an arguable thesis statement write a thesis statement and supporting arguments that logically align revise a thesis statement so that it aligns with existing supporting arguments PART 1: ARGUABLE THESES VERSUS STATEMENTS OF FACT In Parts 2 and 3 of this lesson, you will explore two different approaches you can use to write a thesis statement. First, however, you must understand the difference between an arguable thesis and a statement of fact. Your readers—especially your professors—want to read writing that engages them. Consequently, you must write thesis statements that are arguable, not factual. A statement of fact is a statement that cannot be argued—at least not logically. Students often write statements of fact instead of arguable theses when they are struggling to embrace a topic. Statements of fact seem easy to write about because, well, they are easy to prove. After all, they’re facts. The problem is that most students cannot write engaging papers around statements of fact. Such theses prevent students from demonstrating critical thinking ability and analytical skills, which professors want to see. Statements of fact are statements of common knowledge; therefore, writing papers about them prevents students from demonstrating important academic abilities. Consider the statements below. Smoking can cause health problems. Small cars get better fuel mileage than 4x4 pickup trucks. On average, people with college degrees earn more money in the workplace. Foul language is common in movies. If you were to write a paper around any of the above statements, your writing would probably be quite dull because you would be restating facts that the general public already knows. In order to make your writing interesting and engaging, you should develop thesis statements that are arguable. Sometimes you will be writing to persuade others to see things your way. Other times you will simply be making an opinionated statement and laying out your case. Whatever the occasion, your thesis statement should state your
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