Persuasive Thesis Statement Examples

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

When you are writing an essay, it is important to spend time focusing particularly on your thesis. This lesson provides you with some examples of how a thesis statement can look in the context of a persuasive piece of writing.

The Importance of a Thesis

So, you are hoping to write a persuasive essay, one that attempts to convince your audience that they should agree with you on a particular topic or theme. One of the things that is going to make or break your essay is the thesis statement. Essentially, a thesis statement summarizes the primary argument of your essay and foreshadows the major points you are going to make. It also grabs your readers' attention and provides them with built-in motivation to continue reading your work. Usually, thesis statements are placed near the beginning of a work, often at the end of an introductory paragraph or lead-in of some sort. Toward the end of the essay, you may choose to rephrase your thesis as a way of leaving your readers with something to think about as they move away from your essay.

In persuasive writing, the thesis statement is particularly important because it encapsulates precisely what you are hoping to persuade your readers of. A reader should be able to move away from the thesis statement with a clear understanding of your major argument. This lesson provides you with some examples of what a persuasive thesis might look like. Obviously, your statement will reflect your particular style as well as the nature of the topic you are writing about, but these examples can function as templates for persuasive thesis statements.

Persuasive Thesis Statement Examples

Baseball is the most exciting, invigorating, and captivating sport.

A thesis statement like this one is particularly good for an essay in which you are trying to persuade your readers of the merits of one thing, whether it is a sport, a food, a movie, an animal, or something else entirely. You are not arguing against an opposition, simply for what you believe in. This thesis statement also sets the stage for an organizational structure oriented around the three major adjectives in the thesis.

Because of the needs of adolescents and their families, the high school start time in our community should be pushed back by one hour.

This kind of thesis statement is obviously oriented toward persuading readers of a specific viewpoint in relation to an issue with which they are at least somewhat familiar. The thesis statement articulates a generalized version of the main reasoning behind the argument, establishing an expectation that this thinking will be delineated in the essay. The thesis statement is clear and specific without getting into unnecessary detail.

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