Neil Kokemuller reports:
"A thesis statement is commonly required in a persuasive writing assignment...It is an opening [of] your writing that forms the subject or theme for the rest of the paper. A thesis statement actually answers the question 'What is this about?' or 'Why should I care?' for the reader. Therefore, it can't present a question for the reader to answer...Your thesis is typically presented in the first paragraph of your paper. It helps direct the reader on what to expect in the remainder of the document. One strategy is to use your thesis to take a controversial stance on a particular [point of view]. The rest of the paper that follows should convey evidence, facts and insights that support the thesis statement."
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