You find that you are interested in the amount of sugar Americans consume.
Furthermore, it raises a subject upon which reasonable people could disagree, because while most people might agree that children consume more sugar than they used to, not everyone would agree on what should be done or who should do it.
You should note that this fragment is not a thesis statement because your reader doesn’t know your conclusions on the topic.
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A good thesis statement will usually include the following four attributes:.
Let’s say that your class focuses upon the problems posed by changes in the dietary habits of Americans.Whether you are an incoming first year student, a Ph D candidate, a Professor, or a professional employee, everybody writes.The following videos explore how various people approach writing and how they overcome the challenges that we all face.After reflecting on the topic a little while longer, you decide that what you really want to say about this topic is that something should be done to reduce the amount of sugar these children consume.You revise your thesis statement to look like this: Because half of all American elementary school children consume nine times the recommended daily allowance of sugar, schools should be required to replace the beverages in soda machines with healthy alternatives.Notice how the thesis answers the question, “What should be done to reduce sugar consumption by children, and who should do it?” When you started thinking about the paper, you may not have had a specific question in mind, but as you became more involved in the topic, your ideas became more specific.The expectations of writing at the University level are very different from High School and having someone experienced in academic writing give you feedback can be very helpful.The Writing Centre is available to work with students from all disciplines and at any phase in the writing process.These assignments are usually rather formal, demanding good reading and academic writing skills.They require you to research a topic and then develop a thesis (a perspective, a point of view), which is backed up with evidence from peer-reviewed resources or primary sources (e.g. In addition, there are less academic items to write, such as emails to your professors and graduate school or job applications.