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THE AMAZING THESIS WORKSHEET

There are zillions of ways to write a good thesis sentence, but, in general, a thesis contains
three elements: a counterargument, a general reason wh our thes!s !s "al!#,
an# the e$act %os!t!on ou are %resent!ng.
STE& ONE: THE TO&I'
The topic of your essay is the general category your essay is about.
What do you have an opinion about? What are some things that interest you?
Example of a Topic: School.
Your Topic
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STE& TWO: THE &OSITION
What is one thing about your topic that you believe to be true, and that you wish to
argue?
You may already have a position in mind, or you may have a general topic you
wish to wor" with.
Example of a Position: Schools have too many people in them!
Your #osition
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STE& THREE: THE 'O(NTERARG(MENT
$s what you say always true always? %re there e&ceptions?
%re there good reasons why your position may have a downside?
What general reasons why your position may have problems can you admit up
front?
'ere(s a tric" begin your counterargument with a transition li"e although or $t is
true that. . . )on(t worry if it(s not a complete sentence.
Example Counterargument: Although schools of over a thousand students have fourished
in America. .
Your
*ounterargument!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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STE& )O(R: THE REASON
$n general why do you believe your position to be correct in spite of your
counterargument?
What is the overall gain by agreeing with your position?
This is a general statement+ your speci,c reasons will follow in the body of your
essay.
Example of a reason Small school populations lend themselves to uilding a good
community of learners.
Your -eason
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STE& )I*E: &(T THEM A++ TOGETHER,
$n one sentence, present your thesis, including a counterargument, a reason,
an# a %os!t!on. .$n that order *-#/
Example Thesis Although schools of over a thousand students have fourished in America!
small school populations lend themselves to uilding a good community of learners! and
therefore "e should consider limiting school populations to a hundred.
Your Thesis
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