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EP 61: How to Write a Thesis Statement

So, what is a thesis statement anyway?

Writing a thesis statement is a skill all students should have. It takes practice, and the right combination of components to write a strong thesis statement. Join Cath Anne on Episode 61 of The Homework Help Show as she shows you how to write a thesis statement, with examples!

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Cath Anne: [00:00:00] Hi guys and welcome back to our channel. I hope it is super sunny and nice where you are and now you’re getting a chance to enjoy your well-earned summer vacation. Today on the show we are going to talk about how to write a thesis statement. And if you’re new here welcome. This is The Homework Help Show and my name is Cath Anne. This is episode sixty-one of the show. Here on the show we provide you with valuable content for your academic and student life. Now, let’s talk about how to write a thesis statement.

Cath Anne: [00:00:43] What is a thesis statement anyway? A thesis statement is a statement that you make at the beginning of your essay that helps the reader to know what your essay is going to be about. So it explains the focus of your essay how you feel about the topic and then provides some reasoning as to why you feel that way.

Cath Anne: [00:01:08] Now remember, a thesis statement is one of the most important components of your essay. So that means you really want to focus on getting it right and that’s why we have so many videos on The Homework Help Show about how to write an effective thesis statement. So today we’re going to talk about the thesis statement and I’m also going to provide you with a few examples. So make sure you stay tuned so that you can get a sense of how to implement the thesis statement into your essay.

Cath Anne: [00:01:38] Now, every thesis statement needs three things:

[00:01:42] One

[00:01:43] Two

[00:01:43] Three

Cath Anne: [00:01:44] Number one: what is the topic of your essay? So basically what are you going to be talking about in your essay.

Cath Anne: [00:01:50] Number two: how do you feel about that topic? What is it that you believe about the topic at hand?

Cath Anne: [00:01:59] And number three: Can you provide some evidence? Usually three reasons that you feel that way about that specific topic.

Cath Anne: [00:02:08] OK now let’s break down how to write a thesis. Begin by asking a question.

Cath Anne: [00:02:15] So for example, does recycling really help the environment? That’s a good ,pertinent topic. It’s really on trend right now. People are looking and questioning the environment and how we can contribute to making the environment more sustainable and our actions more sustainable and preventing climate change. So definitely a pertinent topic something that we’ll want to discuss and that will peak the interest of your reader.

Cath Anne: [00:02:42] Now second you’ll want to create a declaration. So in other words, how do you feel about recycling and how do you feel about whether recycling impacts the environment? So for example you might say something like, “recycling does help the environment. However we must make long term changes to impact climate change.” So do you see what I did there? You are starting with a topic question of does recycling help the environment. And now I’ve decided that recycling does help the environment. And I’ll discuss that in my essay. However I’m going to focus on some other reasons that recycling doesn’t address so I’m going to incorporate some other reasonings and some other issues that we have to deal with in order to truly impact climate change.

Cath Anne: [00:03:38] And then finally as you’re developing your thesis statement, you’re going to want to look at three reasons that recycling does not fully address climate change and you’re going to provide those. And then in turn we’ll write our strong thesis statement.

Cath Anne: [00:03:54] So let’s discuss three reasons why we have to do more than just recycling to impact climate change over the long term. For example my first reason is that China no longer purchases our recycling products from the US and Canada. So we have to look for an alternative solution. Second, when we continue to buy plastic and packaged products we are contributing to waste. A more sustainable option is to reduce our waste altogether while also recycling the waste that we do produce. But focusing on waste reduction is a more sustainable approach. And my third reason is to support organizations and businesses that are providing sustainable long term solutions to climate change.

Cath Anne: [00:04:47] So those are my three reasons. And just a note you’re always going to want to pick reasons that you can back up with evidence so definitely do a bit of research before you write this portion of your thesis statement and in turn you’ll already have a little bit of research done for your essay in advance.

Cath Anne: [00:05:07] So now the final step is that we want to combine and write our thesis statement. So how might that look altogether. Now that we’ve completed those three steps. So for example my thesis statement is going to be in two sentences:.

Cath Anne: [00:05:24] Recycling is one step that we can take to help the environment, but we must look at and consider other long term solutions because China is no longer purchasing our recycling from the US and Canada. Focusing on reducing our waste, and supporting organizations that are looking for long term, sustainable alternatives to recycling, are beneficial options that will support the environment in the long term.

Cath Anne: [00:05:54] So here I have written a two sentence thesis statement that provides a topic, which is recycling. And the environment. It provides my position on the topic and it provides three pieces of evidence that support my position.

Cath Anne: [00:06:12] Okay guys I really hope that was helpful for you. Just a walk through and break it down that way. This was a little bit more of a casual video. Please let me know if you enjoy this style of video. And you know what. I’d love to hear from you and I’d love to hear how you use these steps to develop your own thesis statement. So make sure to jump into the comments below or connect with us on social media and share your thesis statement with us. We always love to hear from you and I’d love to hear how you put these steps into action if you like this video. Make sure to give it a like and to subscribe to our channel. And as always. If you want to connect with us on any of our social media platforms all of the information is linked and listed in the description box below. I hope you guys are having a great summer. Can’t wait to talk to you again soon. Talk soon and take care.