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The thesis statement is a one or two sentence statement which sets the tone of the paper and gives the reader an overview of the content of the paper.
I tend to construct thesis statements in a subject-description-triple content model.
Human trafficking (subject) is a growing evil (description) destroying communities (content 1), expanding gang activity (content 2) and robbing the innocence of the world's youth (content 3).
The model lets the reader know the subject of the paper, your view of it and the supporting arguments you plan on providing in the paper. The rule of three makes a paper easy to read and provides enough content for the discussion. Sub-sections can always be introduced to address additional areas of concern.
There are many aspects of human trafficking that can be addressed in a paper. The first step to writing the thesis statement is to decide what areas of human trafficking you want to focus. Areas you may want to include loss of innocence, financial cost, slavery, sexual abuse, emotional scars, gang activity, degradation of communities, judicial burden, or the difficulty in tracing missing persons.
A thesis statement is, in a nutshell, the main idea of the paper. The thesis statement may be one to two sentences long. In papers ten pages or less, the thesis statement must come at the end of the introductory or first paragraph. In longer papers, it is acceptable to place the thesis within the first two pages, always at the end of a paragraph. One way to think of thesis statements is to consider them as enlarged topic sentences. Topic sentences have a topic and your point about it. In a thesis, you add one more part, your reasons why or how that explain your argument and what aspects of the argument you will cover in your analysis. This may be illustrated in the following way:
Topic + your point about it.
A thesis statement states your point about a topic and adds why it is relevant and/or how it works.
Thesis statements state the:
Topic + Your Point about the Point + Reasons Why/How.
You should ask the question “Why of your topic.”
Here is an illustration.
We can take this topic sentence and turn it into a thesis statement by adding reasons why.
Topic Sentence: Rock climbing is an ideal sport for young athletes.
Thesis Statements: Rock climbing is an ideal sport for young athletes because it offers physical and psychological benefits.
Then you would have two paragraphs, each one discussing one part of the thesis.
You can use phrases such as “because,” or “due to” in order to expand a thesis to make it more specific or otherwise integrate the points into the sentence.
Another possible way to create a thesis statement:
Rock climbing offers physical and psychological benefits, such as relaxation, weight control, and entertainment.
This would allow you three paragraphs in which to discuss the three benefits that you listed as reasons why rocking climbing is a good activity.
A thesis statement can also be written as two sentences. Rocking climbing offers young people physical and psychological benefits. These benefits include increased self-confidence, weight control, and entertainment.
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