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Unformatted text preview: lief is sex education contributes to increased teen pregnancy rates and STI rates. However, all available scientific research shows quite clearly that sex education is not the cause of teen pregnancy rates and STI rates. What is a thesis­statement? What is a thesis­statement? Writing a thesis­statement is as easy as writing any other factual sentence. The challenging part is coming up with a good thesis and supporting it with an effective argument!!! Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions 1. Why am I finding it hard to come up with a thesis? The most common reason is that you are trying to come up with a thesis before you have done sufficient reading and research. You can’t come up with a thesis about an issue until you have researched that issue! Do the research first and then it will be possible to come up with a thesis. Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions 2. I’m having trouble coming up with a thesis­statement – help! The most common reason for this is that you are doing things in the wrong order. Do the reading and research first – make sure that you understand the issue. Then come up with a thesis. Then write your thesis­statement. If you do things in this order, you should find it easier to write your thesis­statement. Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions 3. I’ve done the reading and research, but I’m still having trouble coming up with a thesis! Are there differing viewpoints on the issue you have researched? If so, you could argue that a particular viewpoint is more plausible than others. If no claim seems worth arguing for, then you may have failed to understand the material you have read and need to read it again. Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions 3. I’ve done the reading and research, but I’m still having trouble coming up with a thesis! (continued) Check over the assignment instructions to make sure that your expectations for the assignment are realistic. Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions 3. For example, if you are asked to write a short thesis­based essay on women in psychology, and the research includes lots of statistical data, you would obviously not be expected to include all that data in your essay – just come up with and defend a thesis pertaining to the main ideas supported by the data. Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions 3. I’ve done the reading and research, but I’m still having trouble coming up with a thesis! (continued) Think about the reading and research that you have done in relation to the main themes and messages of the course. These may give you a clue about what sort of claim would be good to use as a thesis. Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions 4. How long should my thesis­statement be? In a typical academic essay, a thesis­statement should be no more than one or two sentences long. Your thesis­statement needs to be clear for the reader, who will encounter it in the introductory paragraph of your essay. So when you write your thesis­statement, keep it...
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