A thesis statement is a clear, succinct statement of what you want to prove in your essay.
There are many different ways to write a thesis statement, and your teacher might want it in a specific format. In general, a thesis statement needs to clearly state your position right off the bat. You want people to recycle paper at home. A thesis statement might be phrased in terms of benefits.
There are many benefits to recycling paper at home, such as spending less money on paper, ________, and ______________.
(I will let you supply your reasons, but I gave you one to start. It is best to follow the rule of three, and provide three reasons.
Another way to write a thesis statement is to answer the “so what?” question. In other words, WHY should we recycle paper. In this case, you would begin with a statement about why we should recycle paper. You would then follow that up with one statement listing your three reasons, or three statements with a reason each.
People should recycle paper at home because __________________________________.
Once you have a strong thesis, the essay almost writes itself!