What thesis could I make in an argumentative essay about paranormal phenomena?In my essay, I would like to support the belief of actual paranormal phenomena - to prove its existence. I'm just...

What thesis could I make in an argumentative essay about paranormal phenomena?

In my essay, I would like to support the belief of actual paranormal phenomena - to prove its existence. I'm just wondering how to go about making an actual claim. Helpppp. :c

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shake99 | Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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The thesis statement itself shouldn’t be that hard to write, unless your teacher has some kind of additional requirement beyond just making the claim itself. It’s supporting the claim that will be challenging.

I ask my students to put their thesis statements close to the beginning of the essay and to make it clear and decisive.

If I were writing an essay in which I wanted to support the existence of paranormal phenomena I would want to use the most convincing support I could find. You don’t want to get too narrow and specific early in the essay, that’s the job of your supporting paragraphs. So, I’d look at the supporting ideas that I thought would work best, and then determine a way to group some of them together into a larger class. I’d use that larger class in my thesis statement.

For example, you can look across all cultures and all historical eras and find evidence of paranormal phenomena. That’s a more convincing argument than trying to use isolated cases as support. My thesis statement would say something like paranormal phenomena are real in many cases, and have been reported all over the world for thousands of years. Then in the body of the essay I would include evidence from different cultures and time periods.

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