One Quick Trick for a POWERFUL Thesis

One Quick Trick for a POWERFUL Thesis

If there’s one sentence that you’ve got to get right, it’s the thesis.  The thesis sentence is like a flashlight for your reader: if you write it well and make it shine brightly, then your reader will know exactly where you’re taking them.  If you write a poor thesis, then your reader will be lost.

It’s actually very, very easy to write a good thesis for the ACT writing.  A thesis, at its most basic level, is an answer to the question.  Let’s try it out:

Question: “Should teachers be allowed to hit students as a form of discipline?”

 

Answer: “No, teachers should not be allowed to hit students as a form of discipline since it is a type of physical abuse and more appropriate ways of punishing and correcting students are available.”

See how easy that is? All you have to do is answer the question you’re asked. Let’s try it again with a different question. This time, you answer it.

Question: “Should teachers be allowed to use vending machines that sell products students aren’t allowed to have?”

Your Answer: ________________________________________________________________

 

So, if you’re looking to write a decent thesis, just remember that all you have to do is answer the question.

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Now, if you really want to make a POWERFUL thesis, then there are a few other things to consider including inside of it.  Take a look at the quick trick formula below:

 

“Although _______(name someone who disagrees with your point)___________ believes that ________(tell what that person would believe about the issue)___________, the truth is that _________(tell what you believe about the issue)___________ because ________(give the reason why your side on the issue is right)_____________, and this is a ______(reveal the context of your argument)__________ issue.”

 

Want your one quick trick for writing a great thesis in your ACT writing?  Use the thesis formula above.  Seriously – it works with just about any prompt and just about any answer you want to give.  Here’s why:

 

1)      It’s important that you show you can consider other people’s viewpoints.  The first half of this thesis makes you insert someone else’s point of view on the issue.

 

2)      It’s important that you give your answer and reason.  The middle portion of this thesis lets you do that, and it works nicely since it contrasts whatever you put in the first half.

 

3)      Finally, it’s important that you put your writing into a broader context: the last part that says “this is a _____________ issue” allows you to do just that.  All you have to do is fill in the type of context (legal, safety, medical, economic, etc.) that you are going to base your answer off of.

 

So just follow the formula, and you are well on your way to impressing the ACT writing graders with your ability to demonstrate some complex thinking in just one dynamic sentence.  Check out this sample below to see how it might look:

Question: “Should teachers be allowed to hit students as a form of discipline?”

 

Original Answer: “No, teachers should not be allowed to hit students as a form of discipline since it is a type of physical abuse and more appropriate ways of punishing students are available.”

POWERFUL Answer: Although some teachers might believe that physically hitting a student will effectively correct that student’s behavior, the truth is that corporal punishment will only violate students’ rights and ambitions, making matters worse rather than better, making this an academic issue.”

 

So with a simple formula, answers go from a predictable “Yes, no, maybe” kind of routine to a more interesting, thoughtful approach.  Apply the formula!