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Thesis Statement Help

Writing an argumentative paper is a challenge for many people, but it is an important skill to learn.  What is an argumentative paper? Purdue university’s Online Writing Lab says:

An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.

The argumentative paper needs a thoughtful and interesting thesis.  Examples of good and bad theses can be found at the U of T online writing help site:


Building a thesis should start with planning.  Use this map to guide you: