how to write a persuasive thesis statement
This thesis showed the reader the topic (a type of sandwich) and the direction the essay will take (describing how the sandwich is made).
In this persuasive thesis statement, you see that I state my opinion (the best type of sandwich), which means I have chosen a stance. Next, I explain that my opinion is correct with several key reasons. This persuasive type of thesis can be used in any essay that contains the writer’s opinion, including, as I mentioned above, compare/contrast essays, narrative essays, and so on.
- Choose a position. Students should think about the issue and pick the side they wish to advocate.
- Understand the audience. In order to write an effective persuasive essay, the writer must understand the reader’s perspective. Is the reader undecided or inclined to favor one side or the other?
- Do the research. A persuasive essay depends upon solid, convincing evidence. Don’t rely on a single source. Pull information from multiple websites and reference materials. Speak with community experts and teachers. Read and take notes. There is no substitute for knowledge of both sides of the issue.
- Identify the most convincing evidence, as well as the key points for the opposing view.
Sharing a persuasive essay with the rest of the class or with family and friends can be both exciting and intimidating. Learn from the experience and use the feedback to make the next essay even better.
Bad: Reading can develop a child’s analytical mind.
– Words like “can,” aren’t strong enough. This thesis statement begs the question of how? If you’re about to write several paragraphs (or pages) about a topic make sure you can confidently defend every point you make.
Good: Reading develops a child’s mind by fostering comprehension skills, increasing vocabulary, and exposing them to new worlds they might not otherwise encounter.
– Now, we’ve not just stated that reading is good, we’ve provided a sampling of all the benefits we’re about to bring to light in our paper.
Bad: All retirees should relocate to Florida.
– Your research paper or essay will need to delve into numerous supporting claims. This broad thesis statement runs the risk of allowing you to go off on several tangents.
Good: Retirees should relocate to Florida, where 75% of Americans choose to settle, because you will afford yourself the opportunity to develop a wide array of friendships.
– From here, you can introduce a paragraph on the importance of friendship and then cite studies or testimonials describing how people can discover these important new relationships.
This kind of thesis statement is obviously oriented toward persuading readers of a specific viewpoint in relation to an issue with which they are at least somewhat familiar. The thesis statement articulates a generalized version of the main reasoning behind the argument, establishing an expectation that this thinking will be delineated in the essay. The thesis statement is clear and specific without getting into unnecessary detail.
In persuasive writing, the thesis statement is particularly important because it encapsulates precisely what you are hoping to persuade your readers of. A reader should be able to move away from the thesis statement with a clear understanding of your major argument. This lesson provides you with some examples of what a persuasive thesis might look like. Obviously, your statement will reflect your particular style as well as the nature of the topic you are writing about, but these examples can function as templates for persuasive thesis statements.
Notice the independant clause which gives a clear declarative statement to explain the topic of the paper and the writer’s position on that topic. This clause can appear at the start of the end of the thesis. Here’s the same thesis with that clause put at the end instead.
Because they can save lives, serve as learning tools and teach teenagers responsible use of technology, cell phones should be allowed in school.
You should also notice that the rest of the thesis statement gives 3 points about the author’s position that will be explained in the body of the essay. Without reading the prompt that this writer is responding to, you know exactly what the paper is about, the author’s position, and what three things the author intends to talk about to convince us of the the position taken.
At no point in the thesis or introduction are these points elaborated on- that’s what the body is there for. When you write clear statements that demand explanation, your reader is urged to seek out explanations in the rest of your paper. This thesis claims cell phones can save lives, so the reader will be looking for its author to support that claim with examples in the body. Because that was the first claim in the thesis, the reader should be able to find elaboration and support for that claim in the first body paragraph. Support and elaboration for the second thesis point should be found in the second body paragraph and so forth.
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