How to develop a thesis statement

Here is a sample thesis statement.

Today's high school students are depicted in the media as selfish and concerned only about themselves.

What happens when you add one of the following words to the front of this sentence? Although, because, it, when

For example, look at this sentence:

Although today's high school students are depicted in the media as selfish and concerned only about themselves.

What do you observe about this sentence now?

Try rewriting this sentence now and then rewrite substituting each of the other three words above. How does each word change the meaning? How would you punctuate this sentence?

Now watch what happens when you end the same original sentence with one of these words.

Today's high school students are depicted in the media as selfish and concerned only about themselves because national surveys of students indicate that they are primarily interested in a good-paying job.

What do you observe about this sentence? Is it punctuated correctly? How does the meaning change when you substitute the other three words?

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