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What is a “thesis statement”?

Have you heard your teacher ever talk about the “thesis statement” of your paper? He or she is simply referring to the main point of your paper or the main argument: what are trying to say in your writing? Remember that many of your writing assignments might require you to argue something and then support your argument with evidence. For example, if your assignment is to write about dogs, your thesis or argument could be: “everyone in the world should own a dog.” OR, it might be “Dogs are dangerous, and no one should own them as pets.” In these two examples, you can argue one side and then use the rest of the paper to support your claim. This is much stronger than simply writing about dogs in general.

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