State there is a difference of opinion about this topic
Thesis statement must state what YOUR claim is and can include the “parts” of the argument you are going to state.
Example Introductory Paragraph
There has been much discussion about the use of nuclear power ever since the first reactor was built. People who support nuclear power think that it provides a cheap and effective means of supplying energy needs. However, in reality it is not cheap at all and the dangers are well-known after the accidents at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. The fact is that nuclear power is a tried, tested and failed technology. Because of its cost, risk and alternatives, the building of nuclear reactors should not continue.
Arguments for: The reasons “parts” of your thesis statement will be in your body paragraphs.
Give clear arguments for your claim with support (examples, statistics, explanations, etc.)
Use transition words as you move from paragraph to paragraph (Firstly, secondly, furthermore, in addition, moreover,finally).
You can also use any of the transitions from the other essay types as long as they are appropriate for your argument. (You may want to compare/contrast things, give reasons/results, descriptions, definitions etc.)
This is also used to support your claim.
Use the counter arguments to show that your idea is the stronger one.
Some people might claim that there is no real alternative to a new generation of nuclear reactors. However, combined heat and power units, which generate electricity, are already economical for large houses or blocks of flats and smaller units will be on the market next year. Local generation of electricity eliminates the enormous losses of wasted heat in electricity generation by fossil fuels or nuclear reactors. Wind turbines and solar cells on the roof can also provide home solutions and will become more economical as costs come down with mass production.