I need help to create a thesis statement. I don't want you to do my work but I do need your help.
My topic is on Growing up.
"When I was little I was always dressing up in mommy's high heels and playing with her makeup... I couldn't wait to grow up! Now I wish I could stop the clock and go back." *Thanks to those who helped me pick out a topic*
So my paragraphs are going to be divided into elementary age, middle school aged, and high-school...talking about the pros and cons of each stage. I'd like my thesis statement to be meaningful, to make the reader understand that despite the odds everything always comes out alright.
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Honestly I'd appreciate any input on a good thesis statement! Thanks!!
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"From our primary years until we graduate and become adults; time is always moving and when we look back on it we don't realize how good we really had it."
"Throughout our lives as young school children to grown adults; we never take the time to reflect on how good our lives were."
"It is only in experiencing 'growing up' do we understand what it truly means and feels like"
how does that sound @jazy ?
I like to be helpful so these observations are intended to be just that:-
1. Sorry to tell you this but things don't always turn out alright
2. Perhaps you should consider thinking about what a person needs to become more mature rather than 'Growing up'.
3. Try considering physical, social, mental and emotional maturity.
It's hard to think about and there's no right answers or magic formula - but the journey is worth it. Good luck!
If you are writing a persuasive essay ('make the reader understand that despite the odds everything always comes out alright' indicates that you are) your three points or subtopics need to be better than the pros and cons of each scholastic level. That is not to say that you cannot talk about the pros and cons of these levels like you intended, it just means that your points need to specifically pertain to your argument. That is to say that each point needs to somehow support your argument that despite the odds everything always comes out alright.
If your subtopics are strong and support your argument, your thesis statement will virtually write itself. For example, if I had to write a persuasive paper on reading, I might start out like this:
Argument: Reading increases a child's vocabulary.
Supporting point #1: Reading exposes the child to new words.
Supporting point #2: Seeing unfamiliar words in context teaches meaning.
Counter point: Not all material challenges a child's vocabulary.
From this I can extrapolate a number of different styles of thesis statement:
1. Even though not all material challenges a child's vocabulary, reading increases a child's vocabulary because it exposes the child to new words and seeing unfamiliar words in context teaches the child meaning.
2. Reading increases a child's vocabulary because seeing unfamiliar words in context teaches meaning.
3. While not all material challenges a child's vocabulary, reading does increase a child's vocabulary.
*Note: The inclusion of a counter point as one of your paragraphs is not always necessary, but usually makes for a more persuasive argument because it shows that the author has considered both sides of the argument and adds an unbiased feel to the paper.
Now look at this method of creating a thesis statement from what you have:
Argument: Despite the odds everything always comes out alright (as one matures???).
Supporting point #1: Pros and cons during elementary school
Supporting point #2: Pros and cons during middle school
Supporting point #3: Pros and cons during high school
As you can see there is not much to work with here to create any kind of workable thesis statement. I might suggest that you go through and find:
1. The strongest pro that supports your argument, regardless of what age group.
2. The second strongest pro that supports your argument, regardless of what age group.
3. The strongest con against your argument (or the third strongest pro if you wish), regardless of what age group.
and base your thesis around these. You will not only find the thesis statement easier to create, you will ultimately write a stronger paper. In addition you may find that the biggest reasons for things working out alright occur at one particular age rather than scattered throughout childhood.
By the way, I used this method of writing through four years of college and never got less than an A- on a paper. I don't mean to brag, I just want to reinforce the the effectiveness of this method of writing.