Arianna Campbell December 28, 2017

Establishing a Thesis Statement

Before you sit down and write, you need to know what your essay’s purpose is. To determine this, establish a thesis statement and consider where your thesis will take you.
Your paper will derive both its content and direction from your thesis statement. A thesis statement tells the reader exactly what your paper will argue. A thesis statement is usually one sentence, and it appears at the end of your introductory paragraph. It should be grammatically sound and clear. Lastly, every word in your thesis should have a purpose. An example:
Because violent videogames desensitize the user to violent content and cause aggressive behavior, increased regulations should be introduced to decrease violent content in these games.
Now, considering the example above, write your own thesis statement below:
Your thesis statement also tells the reader, or previews, the specific parts of the topic your paper will address. You cannot address every side of a topic, but you should break your argument down into areas that are both necessary and manageable. For example, a person writing a paper with the example thesis statement above will need to conduct research that answers the following questions:
-What are some examples of current violent videogames?
-What are some examples of linked aggressive behavior?
-Is there existing evidence to show that videogame use desensitizes the user? (i.e. psychological studies, testimony from users, etc.)
-Is there existing evidence that shows how these videogames cause this behavior? (school shootings, psychological studies that show physical changes in the user,
etc.)
-What are current regulations pertaining to this violent content? Why are these regulations ineffective?
(remember, the writer is proposing that these regulations should be increased-he or she must show why they are currently not working)
-How can regulations be increased? Are there other things that could be done to decrease the effects of violent videogames?

Looking at your thesis statement, how can you break your argument down into different sub-topics? What does the reader need to know to understand your topic?
Below, list different areas of your topic you think you should research and analyze:



Thesis Statement and Sub-Topics

My Thesis Statement Is:________________________________________________________________________________ These boxes represent sub-topics of your paper, but not necessarily specific paragraphs yet. Title each box and include ideas/sources.
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Organizing Your Essay

Think about the different ways you can organize your essay. How can you break your thesis into paragraphs? Which sources will you use in each paragraph? Start by writing your thesis statement below. Then, come up with a topic sentence (the first sentence in a body paragraph that indicates the purpose of that paragraph) for each related body paragraph, list ideas you have for each paragraph, and record the titles of sources you could use in each section of your paper.
Thesis Statement:
Topic Sentence and ideas for Body Paragraph One:
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Topic Sentence and ideas for Body Paragraph Two:
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Topic Sentence and ideas for Body Paragraph Three:
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Topic Sentence and ideas for Body Paragraph Four:
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Topic Sentence and ideas for Body Paragraph Five:
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