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Lesson 6:
Writing a Thesis Statement
In this lesson we will look at what thesis statements are, and how you
can vary the way you write it according to the question.
They are a crucial part of writing an introduction.

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Very basically, it tells the person
reading your essay what will be
in it. It may also give your
opinion if the question asks you
for this.

Lesson 1:
Analysing Essay Questions
Part 1 - Identifying the Topic
Lesson 2:
Analysing Essay Questions
Part 2 - Identifying the Task
Lesson 3:
Brainstorming and Planning
an Essay
Lesson 4:
Improving Essay Coherency
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Lesson 5:
Writing an IELTS Essay
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Lesson 6:
Writing a Thesis Statement
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and is usually at the end of the rubric. The task is what you have to do. In my opinion. Lesson 14: A more complex essay question It is also an opinion essay as it is asking you to make a decision on whether you think there are more advantages or disadvantages. If you are unsure about this. check out this lesson on identifying the task.IELTS Forum IELTS Books Useful Links Contact Us How do I write a thesis statement? In order to make it effective. Do the benefits of this trend *outweigh the drawbacks? What you have to do (the task) is explain whether you think. with the thesis in bold: [?]Subscribe To This Site Due to the increase in global trade. overall. an increase in the production of goods in other countries and their subsequent transportation over long distances is more advantageous or disadvantageous. this trend has more disadvantages than advantages. you must have first identified the task of the essay. You would then go on to write about the advantages and disadvantages of global trade (focusing more on the open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. and this is what needs to be made clear in your thesis statement. So you need to make this clear as well. with Pronouns Lesson 9: Writing an IELTS Essay Conclusion Lesson 10: Transitional Phrases for Essays Lesson 11: Good Paragraph Writing Lesson 12: How to write Problem Solution Essays Lesson 13: Understanding IELTS Opinion Essays So your essay is obviously going to be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of this issue. many of the goods that we consume every day are made in a different country and then transported over a long distance in order to reach us. many goods including those we use on a daily basis are produced in other countries and transported long distances. look at this IELTS essay question: As global trade increases. Lesson 15: Personal Pronouns in Essays Here is an example introduction. For example.com .

com . However. you should not try to learn set phrases or sentences to fit certain essays. as in the example. depending on what you have decided you need to write about in order to answer the question. but they can all vary slightly. There are some broad types of essay question that are common to see. So below are some suggestions of what you could do for certain common kinds of essay question. 1) Writing about Two Opinions open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. Your thesis statement will then follow on from this.disadvantages as you think there are more of these). The simple answer . This word often confuses students and they end up writing a thesis statement opinion that contradicts what they write in the essay. but this is not to say these are right and other ways are wrong.don't use the word! It is just asking you if there are more advantages than disadvantages. So just state what you think in the thesis without using the word. How does the thesis statement change with different types of question? We will now look at how thesis statements can vary with different question types. *Just a quick note on the word 'outweigh'. There are numerous ways to write good thesis statements and these are just possibilities. The golden rule is to always read the question very carefully (never rush this as you may not fully answer the question) and work out what you have to do.

while others think that this should be illegal. Discuss both opinions and give your opinion. Some people think that young children should be allowed to do paid work. then stating in the thesis what you will do: Some people belive that it is acceptable for young children to undertake jobs that they are paid for. and then paraphrasing the two opinions to make them your thesis: At present. This essay will discuss both sides of the issue. Example 2 Another possible way to do it is by having a sentence to introduce the topic first.com . You will obviously need to give your opinion as well in the essay. There are various ways you could choose to write an introduction and thesis for this. Here is a sample essay with a similar thesis statement. whereas others believe that this is wrong and should be illegal.Some questions ask you specifically to discuss two opinions and to give your opinion. but stating this in the thesis ("This essay will discuss both sides of the issue and then give my opinion") sounds awkward so it is better without it. Whilst some people are of the open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. more and more young children are becoming involved in paid work. Example 1 You could begin by paraphrasing the two opinions. This is quite simplistic but it makes it very clear what you are going to do.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? For this type of question. this is fine. Although you could feasibly do this in the conclusion. This is fine as your thesis will match with your essay . Whilst some people are of the opinion that this is an entirely acceptable practice.you go on to discuss the first opinion and then the second one. Example 3 Or of course you could modify this slighly to include your opinion: At present. Here is another model essay using such a thesis statement. I think it is open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. more and more young children are becoming involved in paid work. and at worst they may be dangerous. others believe that this is completely wrong and should be made illegal. you need to state what your opinion is in the thesis statement. I believe that this is completely wrong and should be made illegal. 2) Agreeing or Disagreeing Another type of question is when you are asked to agree or disagree with one opinion. However. Currently there is a trend towards the use of alternative forms of medicine.com . at best these methods are ineffective. As long as you go on to discuss both sides of the argument.opinion that this is an entirely acceptable practice.

and feel that both alternative and conventional medicine can be useful. It is accepted that it predates conventional medicine and it is still used by many people all over the world. However. It is accepted that it predates conventional medicine and it is still used by many people all over the world. or partly agree. open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd.this is your choice. Here is a model essay answering the question. It is not wrong though to put it in the conclusion .com . I strongly believe that this form of medicine does not work and is possibly a danger to those using it. Your thesis statement here will depend on whether you agree.better to do it first so it is clear to someone reading the essay what your opinion is upfront. It is accepted that it predates conventional medicine and it is still used by many people all over the world. Here are some examples of each: A thesis statement that agrees with the opinion: Alternative medicine is not new. A thesis statement that disagrees with the opinion: Alternative medicine is not new. I agree that for certain conditions this type of medicine is ineffective and could even be dangerous. These examples illustrate why it is important to ananlyze the question carefully and brainstorm your ideas first so you have a clear idea of what you will be writing and what your opinion is. disagree. A thesis statement that partly agrees with the opinion: Alternative medicine is not new. but for some illnesses it is a good alternative choice. I am unconvinced that it is dangerous.

problems and solutions. but may ask you to discuss. Causes and Effects: The percentage of overweight children in western society has increased by almost 20% in the last ten years. Western societies have seen close to a 20% rise in the number of children who are overweight. View model answer for this essay.3) Other Essays Some other essays may not ask you for your opinion specifically. then you should just clearly state that you will be discussing these two things in your essay. advantages and disadvantages. If you are asked to do this. Identify one or two serious ones and suggest ways that governments and individuals can tackle these problems.com . Sample thesis in bold: Many countries of the world are currently experiencing problems caused by rapidly growing populations in urban areas. for example. Discuss the causes and effects of this disturbing trend. causes and effects. This open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. Here are some examples: Problems and solutions: Overpopulation of urban areas has led to numerous problems. Both governments and individuals have a duty to find ways to overcome these problems. Sample thesis in bold: Over the last ten years.

com .essay will discuss some reasons why this has occurred and examine the consequences of this worrying trend. open in browser PRO version Fast Easy Self- Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. a thesis statement is just telling the reader what the focus of your essay is and giving your opinion if necessary. Remember. One possible solution to this problem is to impose heavy taxes on car drivers and use this money to make public transport better. Follow this link to see some examples of IELTS essay questions. Advantages and Disadvantages: In order to solve traffic problems. governments should tax private car owners heavily and use the money to improve public transportation. It is important to stress again though that questions can vary so you must always analyze if carefully and identify exactly what you need to do and what should therefore be in your thesis statement. This essay will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of such a measure. What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a solution? Sample thesis in bold: Traffic congestion in many cities around the world is severe. View model answer for this essay. This lesson has provided you with some broad guidance on writing a thesis statement for different types of essay. View model answer for this essay.

com You keep 100% of your royalties.. New! Comments Any questions or comments about this page or about IELTS? Post your comment here.com . You keep 100% of your rights. Sign Up to see w hat your friends like. Comment using.. the use of alternative medicines are becoming Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. Ayen Boninay Pallera Gutierrez · Works at De La Salle University Medical Center hi ielts buddy! do you think this intro and thesis statement is correct? open in browser PRO version At present.Fast Easy SelfPublishing outskirtspress. 22 comments Add a comment.. Return from how to write a thesis statement to IELTS Lessons Like Share 37 people like this..

html Reply · Like · March 12 at 9:36am View 9 more open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. http://www. yes it looks ok. 2013 at 7:43am Vladimir Rodriguez · Santo Domingo Top Commenter · Universidad Católica http://www. LIFEISEASY Reply · Like · January 13 at 4:09pm Spark QI · University of Leicester very useful material. Reply · Like · August 14. which is quite good for writing Reply · Like · 1 · September 20. 2013 at 4:25am Rezaul Hasan · Design Engineer at DaRam Engineering IT Ltd.com/traffic-problems. I am going to discuss whether these methods could really be ineffective and dangerous. topic and thesis as it mentioned above .At present.com/traffic-problemsessay.html (No such URL at this domain). thanks for help! Reply · Like · June 27 at 6:28pm Ielts Buddy · Top Commenter Hi. and the main hint is vitally important not to forget to write two things . the use of alternative medicines are becoming popular in our society. In this essay. and thesis varies respectively to the topic . Reply · Like · July 1 at 6:37am Samadhan Sawant · Works at Volkswagen india Pvt ltd What do you mean? Reply · Like · June 22 at 4:25am Nomi Learner yeop .ieltsbuddy.com .ieltsbuddy.

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