Strong Thesis Statement Worksheet

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.

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

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.

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    If your students need extra practice writing thesis statements, this printable pack is for you! Included are seven worksheets perfect for extra practice, bellwork, subwork, time fillers, stations, remediation, homework and more! Simply print and go, and if desired copy chosen worksheets front to back. Answer keys are provided for our connivence. Included are the following worksheets:

    1) Create a Thesis Statement – Students will write thesis statements based on their personal opinions of the given topics.
    2) Thesis: Strong or Weak? – Students will evaluate given thesis statements as either strong or weak and explain why.
    3) Why Is It Weak? - Students will explain why the given thesis statements are weak.
    4) Attention Grabber or Thesis? - Students will read introductory paragraphs and determine which sentence is the attention grabber and which is the thesis.
    5) Thesis Test Prep Practice – Students will answer four multiple choice test prep questions.
    6) Good vs. Bad Thesis - Students will write a good and a bad thesis for a given topic and then explain. Topics are left blank for the teacher to give or students to choose themselves.
    7) Essay Planning – This graphic organizer can be used for students to plan an essay by writing the topic, attention grabber, thesis, main points, and supporting evidence.

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