Developing a Strong Thesis Statement Worksheet

Research Writing – Research Process

Test your knowledge with this Thesis Statement Worksheet that addresses the strength of example statements. Ten exercises let you practice recognizing when a thesis is well-developed and when it needs more clarification to aid with your research writing.

Developing a Strong Thesis Statement

Instructions

For the exercises below, evaluate each example thesis statement. State the reason for each choice.

Guidelines for the first five exercises:

Strong = The thesis statement is well-developed and has a clear main point.
Needs work = The thesis statement could work with revisions and more clarification.
Inadequate = The thesis statement is poorly written, unfocused and/or weak.

  • Strong [ ] Needs work [ ] Inadequate [ ]

  • Thesis statement: Gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry legally.

  • Strong [ ] Needs work [ ] Inadequate [ ]

  • Thesis statement: The institution of marriage has eroded from the ease with which people obtain divorces; therefore, legislation to create laws that make divorce more difficult to obtain are necessary.

  • Strong [ ] Needs work [ ] Inadequate [ ]

  • Thesis statement: Although they provide a way to measure students’ progress, exams should be omitted from teaching curriculums because they simply measure a student’s ability to take a test, not measure a student’s knowledge.

  • Strong [ ] Needs work [ ] Inadequate [ ]

  • Thesis statement: Poverty has serious consequences for society as a whole.

  • Strong [ ] Needs work [ ] Inadequate [ ]

  • Thesis statement: As a country, America is safer because of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Strong [ ] Needs work [ ] Inadequate [ ]

  • Thesis statement: The mother’s role in childrearing is very important.

  • Strong [ ] Needs work [ ] Inadequate [ ]

  • Thesis statement: Although fast food chains are often cited as at fault for obesity, individual responsibility is what ultimately affects obesity because people are free to make their own choices –good or bad.

  • Strong [ ] Needs work [ ] Inadequate [ ]

  • Thesis statement: Politicians lie.

  • Strong [ ] Needs work [ ] Inadequate [ ]

  • Thesis statement: Although some young criminals never repeat their crimes, offenders above the age of 16 should be prosecuted as adults because they are old enough to know the difference between what is acceptable behavior in society and what is not.

  • Strong [ ] Needs work [ ] Inadequate [ ]

  • Thesis statement: Although college athletes are students in pursuit of a degree, they should be paid for their athletic performances.