HowTo:Write A Thesis Statement
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Look at you. Pathetic. Ignorant at best. So, you want to write a thesis statement? Of course you don't want to, but you have to, otherwise you face failing English. And if you don't do it, your only other alternative is to sleep with your teacher, and we can all agree that sometimes, it's just not worth it. That, and what kind of idiot fails English?
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But consider yourself saved, because it's not that hard. You're not writing a cover letter, you're writing only a small part of a whole essay. This may very well determine the direction in which your life will be heading for the next 50 years. No worries.
A thesis statement grabs the reader's attention and summarizes your main points, one of
the main parts of your introductory paragraph, and represents you as a human being. So give the thesis statement some flavor.
Now, thesis statements are quite possibly the hardest part of writing a good essay, aside from writing the the essay itself that is. We'll be examining the mechanics and dynamics of a thesis statement, and possibly teach you how to write a thesis statement (but we can't guarantee anything; titles are misleading). Pay attention, because this isn't that special ed. class you call "American Lit." anymore.
As painful as the word "brainstorming" sounds, it's essential to writing a good thesis statement. Observe and research your topic thoroughly until you feel nauseous; this is an absolute prerequisite to the more nauseating words you're about to put down on paper.
Make the first term in your thesis appear very odd. But be forewarned, there are limitations. For example, "Women's suffrage..." might be considered an odd or offensive topic during the 1910's, but makes a hardly interesting article nowadays. To grab the modern reader's attention, one might use a title such as "Taco Bell: Open Midnight or Later". Of course, that's not very eccentric, but it just sounds good.
Another good tactic is to have an odd introductory sentence. One example might be:
"Del Taco beats Taco Bell in the 2015 financial fiscal year."
While this statement is highly unbelievable, it does grab the reader's attention.
Challenging a person's beliefs is always a good idea, especially for a thesis statement. A good example might be "God is dead". Somebody in your audience is bound to be stunned by your bluntness, and will expect you to elaborate. That's where the rest of your essay comes in.
But if you attend a public school, you won't have to worry about writing an essay on religion. Instead, write an article on something that appeals to most people. A good idea would be Mexican food, or perhaps that one really popular restaurant that provides really good Mexican food at a low cost...what was it again?
Taco Bell Statement
This is by far the best tactic to use. Taco Bell grabs everybody's attention. Even if your essay has nothing to do with Taco Bell (though it should), use any of the following to grab the reader's attention:
- Got the late night college munchies? Short on bling-blong? You're in luck! At Taco Bell, you can get two burritos for just a $0.59.
- It's 10:00 o'clock; Do you know where YOUR local Taco Bell is? Because at Taco Bell, you can get a side order of cheesy potatoes free with every order if you order after 6:00 PM.
- Only at Taco Bell can you get a soft taco and a medium coke for only $1.00.
Forming A Thesis
Now that you have some organization of your main ideas, apply them and form them into a thesis. When you're all done, it should look something like this:
"Taco Bell is the greatest fast food restaurant ever, hands down. Since 1962, Taco Bell has been feeding the masses with delicious, high-quality Mexican food, saturated with yummy fat, oil, and grease. Only at Taco Bell can you get a soft taco and a medium coke for only $1.00. Whether it be due to the quality of their food, the quality of their service, or the fact that Taco Bell has donated over $1,000,000 to the American Red Cross to help rebuild Taco Bells in New Orleans, Taco Bell is unanimously the greatest invention of the 20th Century. Taca-taca-taca-taca-taca-taca Taco Bell!"
Still Having Problems?
If you're that big of an idiot, and you still can't figure out how to do it, don't despair. There are plenty of other options left. You could simply plagiarize off of a lesser-known author and hope that your teacher hasn't heard of them (like Mark Twain or somebody), but we recommend sticking to the whole Taco Bell idea.
If the alternatives above just aren't for you, welcome to your final, final alternative. We hope you're experienced, because sleeping with your teacher is also starting to look like a good idea. If your teacher is of the same gender, forget vanity. When it comes down to it, what's worse? Being labeled as a homosexual, or getting that bad grade? If anything, things may work out in your favor. Friends and other faculty may become suspicious, and for all you know, your teacher may be arrested, thus eliminating your worries!
With so much confusion as to what to do now that you've realized you're a failure, it's understandable that you'd be stressed. Why not nullify that stress with a trip down to your local Taco Bell? For only $4.00, you can get a chalupa, a drink, and a side order of cheesy potatoes. Free refills.
- ↑ Talk about flavor, you can get a Crunchwrap Supreme for only $2.99!
- ↑ But not as hard or beefy at Taco Bell's hard and crunchy supreme tacos, available for only $4.99
- ↑ Taco Bell.
- ↑ Skipping school is a great idea. At Taco Bell, we offer long-term careers which require no high school diploma! Just a thought.