What is a good thesis statement about compensation for college athletes?

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your thesis statement is going to depend on the nature of your assignment and most likely on your opinion on this issue.  If you are meant to write an informative essay, your thesis statement will let the reader know that, while if you are expected to write an argumentative or persuasive essay, your thesis statement is going to let the reader know what your argument is. 

For any essay, an thesis statement has to purposes, to let the reader know your main idea and to let the reader know what points you are going to develop to support that idea.  So, for example, if I were writing an informational essay on amnesty for immigrants in the United States, I could have this as my thesis statement:

Amnesty for unlawful immigrants is a controversial issue in the United States, and it is important to remember that those for and against amnesty have some compelling arguments to make. 

This allows the reader to see that my essay is simply presenting both points of view.  If your essay is informational, this could be a model for you.

However, if you are meant to make an argument, your thesis statement must state what that argument is.  If you think that college athletes should be compensated beyond what they receive right now, you need to say that. If you think that they should not be, you need to say that, too.  You must take a stand in your thesis statement. 

You must also explain how you support your position.  For example, if I were writing a persuasive essay on the issue of amnesty for immigrants, this is how I might write a thesis statement :

Amnesty for unlawful immigrants should be allowed because the United States needs their labor, their good ideas, and their taxes. 

I have stated my position and listed three reasons that I will use to support that position. 

What is your position on this matter? Once you decide that, think about how you are going to support your position. Put these together, and you will have a good thesis statement!