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Create a Thesis Statement
A thesis statement should specify your topic and your position about that topic.
Instructions
Use these Thesis Patterns to write your own thesis statement.
For the purposes of these examples:
The topic will be listed in green and the position related to the topic in red.
Examples, in gold, are given for each pattern.
Make a choice:
Figure out the kind of thesis statement you need for your project and use the corresponding pattern to help you create your own.
Thesis pattern 1: Explanation Thesis pattern 4: Problem and Solution Thesis pattern 7: Position and why it is wrong
Thesis pattern 2: Support point of view Thesis pattern 5: Present to future Thesis pattern 8: Alternatives and recommendation
Thesis pattern 3: Contrasting views Thesis pattern 6: Cause and Effect  
Thesis pattern 1: Explanation
A topic     what you will address about that topic

Example:  Our Medicare system should be reformed to provide the elderly with coverage of prescription drugs.
Example:   Much of the controversy about abortion is based on differences in the definition of when life begins.
 
Thesis pattern 2: Support point of view
A stand about a topic     why that stand is appropriate              
 
Example:The death penalty should be abolished because it does not deter violent crime.
Example:  Chemicals should not be used on home lawns because they pollute the environment. 
 Thesis pattern 3: Contrasting views
One view of a topic     contrasted with another view of the topic         
 
Example:    The Spanish-American War might have been focused on independence for Cuba and the Philippines, but it was actually stimulated by Imperialism on the part of the United States and Spain.
 Example:    Some feel that The Kite Runner is a significant book because of its treatment of the Middle Eastern culture, but some believe it is a study of integrity.
Thesis pattern 4: Problem and Solution
Topic problem     how it could be solved              

Example:   Pollution from car exhaust is contributing to problems with the ozone layer, so cars should be re-designed to avoid pollution problems.
 Example:   Many students get to college unprepared to do research papers, so more research skills should be taught in high schools.
 
Thesis pattern 5: Present to future
Topic and how it is     how it could be improved              

Example:   While school library Web sites provide some good information, they would be more beneficial if they included pages designed to help students with their schoolwork.
 Example:   Elementary age children get some exercise in P.E. classes, but to be healthy they need a greatly increased activity level outside of P.E. time.
Thesis pattern 6: Cause and Effect
Topic and cause     effect

Example:  A higher rate of childhood obesity has caused a dramatic increase in asthma problems in the United States.
Example:   High medical costs have caused many companies to limit insurance benefits to workers.
Thesis pattern 7: Position and why it is wrong
Position     why it is wrong               

Example:   Lee Harvey Oswald was viewed as being a lone gunman who shot President Kennedy, but evidence shows that this could not have been the case.
Example:  Presidential campaigns are largely funded by contributions, but this is an inappropriate method of funding and should be changed.
 Thesis pattern 8: Alternatives and recommendation
Alternatives     recommendation

Example:  There are many reasons to oppose the death penalty, but the most important is that it does not deter violent crime.
Example:  Doctors suggest altering diet to lower cholesterol, but a more effective means of control would be to increase activity and exercise levels.