argumentative thesis statment

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The thesis statement of an essay — especially an argumentative essay — is very important. 

An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.

1. The thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.
2. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.
3. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.

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Example of an argumentative topic: Community service for teens

Example of an argumentative thesis statement (for a Proposal Essay): High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.

The paper that follows should: Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college*

*Used with permission from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) at http://owl.purdue.edu.

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Example of an argumentative topic: Community service for teens

Example of an argumentative thesis statement (for a Position Essay): Most high school graduates lack real-world maturity and global awareness.

The paper that follows should: Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that the students lack real-world maturity and global awareness. 

Directions: Write (1) your topic and (2) your thesis statement for that topic.  If you are considering more than one topic (or more than one thesis statement) list them as well.

Points: 5