I've chosen childhood poverty as my topic for a research paper. I've found some great information on the subject, but am struggling with forming my thesis statement for my proposal. I'm interested in the health and education issues specifically. Any advice out there? Thanks in advance!
You can start by researching why childhood poverty is on the rise. I think the issue is deeper than just a lack of education, because more and more people are high school and college graduates, yet childhood poverty is on the rise.
You may want to examine the record of government efforts to eradicate childhood poverty. Have they succeeded? Are there alternatives? How have other countries dealt with this problem? Is there anything peculiar to our culture that helps to create childhood poverty? What are competing proposals for ending childhood poverty? Which predictions made, say, twenty years ago about this problem have proven correct, and which have proven false?
One good thing to do is to try to examine both sides of any controversial issue. The link below is a bit out of date, but it is an example of the kind of thing I have in mind:
So, you could use your thesis statement to make the case that programs providing free breakfasts and lunches to children of poverty are valuable investments in those childrens' education. You could propose revisions or support current guidelines regarding acceptable food items that can be purchased by families receiving Food Assistance funds or other government assistance programs, citing links between nutrition and educational achievement levels.
Look at the information you've found and find a common area or topic that is supported by your evidence. Write your thesis statement to reflect that area of emphasis.
I agree with Post 3. Too many people try to think of a thesis first and then write the rest of the paper. That's kind of backwards. First, you have to figure out what you're going to argue. Look at your research, decide what you want to talk about and what you want to say about that topic. Then write your thesis.
Before you create your thesis statement, you should decide exactly what the focus of your essay will be. When you figure out that focus, you need to be sure that is what makes up most of your essay. For example, if you focus is, like litteacher8 mentions, the relationship between child poverty and education, your thesis should state exactly what that relationship is. The second part of your thesis should include a general outline of the rest of your paper (for example, overall reasons for why you have come up with the conclusion you have). Many times, it is helpful to write the body of the paper before you write your thesis.