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 Thesis Statements

What is a thesis statement?

  • A thesis is the main idea of your essay and includes your stance (opinion).
  • A good thesis statement will direct the structure of your essay and will allow the reader to understand the ideas to be discussed within your paper.
  • A thesis is usually stated in the opening paragraphs of a paper, most often in the last sentences of the introduction.
  • Overall, a thesis should include the words from the essay question (if given one), the key topics in the main body of the essay and your stance (opinion).

Thesis Statement Video

A short 7-minute video on what a thesis statement is and the key components of a thesis statement.

 

Thesis Statements: How to write a thesis statement [updated 2021]

This lesson / worksheet presents the key sections to an academic introduction. It focuses on different writing structures using words like however, although, despite and then includes a writing task. Students write three thesis statements using the introduction models. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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An Introduction Structure with a thesis statement

Basic paragraph structure

An introduction example on CSR  

CSR thesis statement example

Thesis Statement Writing Structures

Notice the different structures and grammar

Question:  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an important consideration for business. Do you agree?

Thesis statement (Although): Although it may not always be possible for every business to focus on CSR due to financial limitations, it should be a top priority for SMEs andlarge corporations if they want to improve their reputation, attract investment and maximise profitability.

Thesis statement (However): It may not always be possible for every business to focus on CSR due to financial limitations.However, it should be a top priority for SMEs and large corporations if they want to improve their reputation, attract investment and maximise profitability.

Thesis statement (Despite)Despite not always being possible for every business to focus on CSR due to financial limitations, it should be a top priority for SMEs and large corporations if they want to improve their reputation, attract investment and maximise profitability.

Thesis + outline combined

This essay will focus on the three key elements of CSR in that it improves reputation, attractsinvestment and maximises profitability. It will argue that these factors are a top priority for SMEs and large corporations if they want to remain competitive and implement a sustainable business plan. The essay will also highlight that it may not always be possible for every business to focus on CSR due to financial limitations.

 

Thesis Statements: How to write a thesis statement [updated 2021]

This lesson / worksheet presents the key sections to an academic introduction. It focuses on different writing structures using words like however, although, despite and then includes a writing task. Students write three thesis statements using the introduction models. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Introductions: How to write an academic introduction [updated 2021]

This lesson / worksheet presents the key sections to an academic introduction. It then focuses on highlighting those key sections in three model introductions with particular attention to the thesis (question / topics / stance) and finally finishes with writing an introduction using a range of titles. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]   / Website link / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

A Thesis Statement Generator

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