COURSE WORK

COURSEWORK

CourseWork: ThesisStatements Review

Thispaper offers a review of selected thesis statements in an effort ofdetermining if they are weak or strong in nature, or rather if theyare effective or ineffective. Brief explanations will be offered foreach thesis statement hereunder. Ifthey are weak, explain why. If they are good, explain why as well.

  1. It is clear that abortion ends a life.

Thisthesis statement is weak and ineffective at the same time. Inactuality, the thesis statement, besides being narrow, offers nosense of roadmap for the information to follow in the rest of thepaper. Put in another way the statement fails to inform readers ofwhat they should expect the paper to elaborate on the subject matterof abortion as a life-threatening situation.

  1. Abortion is murder.

Thisstatement is weak and ineffective because it is too narrow. In fact,it is like an announcement that does not offer a room for argument orcritique. The statement fails to implore readers to interpret counterarguments of the subject matter.

  1. Abortion is the most basic of rights available to women.

Thisthesis statement is neither weak nor strong. It is reasonable sinceit makes an arguable claim but it also seems ineffective since itfails to establish a whole point of argument. In other words, thestatement should aim at interpreting the subject matter instead ofbeing the subject per se.

  1. Opponents and proponents of abortion have never had a chance to vote on its legality.

Thisstatement is strong and effective. It offers a supportable andarguable opinion for the audience. It reflects a sense of purpose forthe information that is forthcoming in the paper. The author hasalready established a position wherein he or she can persuade hisaudience.

  1. Abortion is legal in the U.S. today less because we believe in a woman’s right to end a pregnancy than because we have an impoverished understanding of personhood.

Thisthesis statement is strong in that it offers a specific arguablepoint or claim. Making use of a complete sentence, the author ensuresto achieve a sense of definability of the subject matter.

  1. I believe that we need to educate ourselves better about genetically modified foods.

Thisthesis statement presents an arguable claim even so, it is weak andineffective owing to the fact that it uses the first-person point ofview instead of the third-person.

  1. Some genetically modified foods are harmful others are not.

Thisstatement seems rational as it offers a reasonable point that otherscan argue for or against. As such, the statement is strong butineffective in that it does not tell the readers what to expect inthe piece.

  1. Like it or not, our food is genetically modified, so we’d better just live with it.

Thisthesis statement is weak since it has a commandeering point of view.Not only does it fail to offer an appropriate claim, but it alsoprovides no sense of direction regarding an investigative approach bythe author. It is confrontational and combative in nature.

  1. This paper presents the results of my study of electronic surveillance in the workplace.

Thisthesis statement is weak since it fails to describe the subjectmatter under question. Additionally, the statement makes use offirst-person instead of third-person.

  1. The changes in the Liberty University dress code have had overwhelmingly positive effects: students are more comfortable in class, parents find it more affordable to clothe their children for college, and Liberty University students appear more friendly and accessible when they enter the Lynchburg community.

Thisthesis statement is neither weak nor strong. First of all, a sense ofrationality and claim offers it strength. On the other hand, thestatement is too broad and or general- giving it some weakness.