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         Thesis Statements

A thesis statement identifies the overall topic of an essay and makes a point about the topic.  The point about the topic is also called the controlling idea.  The controlling idea should be debatable or require proof or explanation. 


Thesis Statement = Topic + Controlling Idea

     Renters should consider buying a house.

     The Great Pyramid is unique.


A thesis statement can be improved by providing support for the controlling idea.  These thesis statements require parallel structure.

Thesis Statement = Topic + Controlling Idea + Support

     Renters  should consider buying a house to have more freedom,

     acquire useful life-skills, and eventually gain financial freedom.

          This thesis statement informs the reader that

                       the first body paragraph will be about freedom

                       the second body paragraph will be about useful life-skills

                       the third body paragraph will be about financial freedom

                          

     The Great Pyramid  is unique because of its massive size,

     extraordinary engineering precision, and unknown origins.

          This thesis statement informs the reader that

                       the first body paragraph will be about massive size

                       the second body paragraph will be about engineering precision

                       the third body paragraph will be about unknown origins


Typically, the thesis statement is at the end of the introductory paragraph, and the rest of the essay sets out to prove the thesis statement. 


            An ancient Arabic proverb states “Man fears time, but time fears the Pyramids.” The Great Pyramid of Egypt has mystified scientists for thousands of years. It is considered to be the most perfect man-made structure ever built. The Great Pyramid is the oldest and only surviving ancient wonder of the original Seven Wonders of the World. Even though it was built thousands of years ago, the Great Pyramid remains one of the tallest, heaviest, and largest monuments to this day. It is a mystery how ancient man was able to construct this colossal monument.The Great Pyramid is unique because of its massive size, extraordinary engineering precision and unknown origins.