Thesis Sentence Self-Check

Since writing a strong thesis sentence is so central to college essay writing, check your understanding by doing this brief exercise.


decorative imageAll of the samples below are basic thesis statements. Try to make each basic thesis sentence stronger, applying the characteristics of a strong thesis sentence and aiming for a 2- or 3-story thesis as your goal. There are many possible ways to develop these basic thesis statements. After trying it yourself, look at the possible answers to get some more ideas.

  1. Attending college as an adult student is difficult.

  1. Reading – both reading to a child and teaching a child to read – helps that child develop.

  1. Governments should never allow kidney and bone marrow donors to receive stipends.

  1. Retirees and all residents who do not have children in school should be exempt in all states from paying school tax.