Designing a Thesis Statement with Three Original Key Points



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Designing a Thesis Statement with Three Original Key Points

The thesis statement consists of a topic + argument + three key points. These points represent the “chapters” or main sections of your paper. Each section of your paper will have its own “theme” but relate back to the overall paper topic, just as each chapter in a book has its own “sub-thesis” that links back to the book’s overall “main thesis.” The purpose of this activity is to help you find three key points to incorporate in your thesis. In order to avoid writing an overly limited or overly broad thesis, you want to find three key points that are related but appear in different categories. You can do this by making a list and filling in the columns with whatever information comes to mind. Note: If you are using this list to generate ideas for a persuasive essay, add a column for “Why.”

MY TOPIC IS: ____________________________

MY POSITION OR ARGUMENT IS: _____________________________

WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN HOW



























































































Once you have completed your list, find three key points. Pick key points from different categories so that your paper explores different angles and perspectives. Be sure, though, that the key points you pick are related enough that your ideas still link together and so that your research is manageable.

  1. KEY POINT 1:

  2. KEY POINT 2:

  3. KEY POINT 3:

Now you are ready to assemble your PROVISIONAL THESIS STATEMENT. Take the main topic and 3 key points you listed, and combine them into a single sentence! If you’re unsure, you can try selecting different key points and assembling different thesis statements until you create your STRONGEST thesis!

THESIS STATEMENT:

EXAMPLE

MY TOPIC IS: Alternative vs. Conventional Medicine

WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN HOW

Americans vs. Europeans

Meditation, yoga, acupuncture

Hospitals, homes

19th century

How to administer treatment

Patients vs. doctors

Diabetes, cancer

USA, Europe

Older vs new treatments

How it is tested by the FDA or other

children

Curative/ preventative

Doctor’s office

Times/procedures to complete treatment

How to know if treatment is working

Naturalists, homeopaths

Environmentally safe

Chinatown

Time range for remedy

How to get more information

Hospitals, insurance companies

Health insurance

Cancer centers




How to become a doctor or homeopath

Christian Scientists




Health/ herb stores







Once you have completed your list, find three key points. Pick key points from different categories so that your paper explores different angles and perspectives. Be sure, though, that the key points you pick are related enough that your ideas still link together and so that your research is manageable.

Thesis A Keypoints

KEY POINT 1: Christian Scientists

KEY POINT 2: Curative vs. Preventative

KEY POINT 3: How to treat Diabetes

THESIS STATEMENT A:

  1. Christian Scientists’ religious beliefs promote a preventative rather than curative approach to illness, which makes their method for treating diseases like Diabetes more successful than conventional approaches. [Argument = pro-preventative, Key Points = “who” (Christian Scientists), “how” (how do preventative / curative methods work?), “what” (Diabetes)]

Thesis B key points

Key Point 1: Environmentalism

Key Point 2: research by the FDA

Key point 3: Treatment of Cancer

THESIS STATEMENT B:

  1. Alternative medicine is more environmentally safe than traditional medicine; unfortunately, it is less popular due to less research by the FDA, and inconclusive results for the treatment of fatal diseases like cancer. [Argument = pro- alternative medicine, three key points = “how” (how do both types affect the environment), “who” (FDA), “what” (results for cancer treatment)]

Thesis C key points:

Key point 1: America vs. Europe

Key point 2: holistic remedies

Key point 3: insurance companies and hospital care (affordability)

THESIS STATEMENT C:

c) As doctor’s premiums and hospitals become more unaffordable, Americans are intelligently starting to rely on holistic remedies including acupuncture and yoga, which Europeans have been using for centuries. [Argument = pro-alternative medicine, three key points = “who” (Europeans vs. Americans), “what” (acupuncture and yoga), and “where” (hospitals, doctor’s office visits)]

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