An Argumentative Thesis

As noted in the last chapter, a good thesis helps both writer and reader. Your thesis is the stand you take on an issue, the proposition you believe, and what you want your readers to believe too. To make the idea of a thesis less intimidating, think of it as an answer to a yes/no question: Should farming be banned on the shores of Lake Champlain? Should the city rescind the tenants bill of rights? Should the college fund a women's center on campus? Phrasing a thesis in yes/no terms helps in two ways: first, it shows the nature of the claims and evidence needed to support it; second, it highlights the other side of the debate, the no to your yes, and the counterclaims and evidence that support them.

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