Writing can inform or persuade, and the thesis statement can help readers recognize an author’s purpose as well as the subject matter and organizing plan. In persuasive writing, the thesis statement explains what an author will prove as well as the subject matter and organizing pattern.

Consider the purpose, subject matter, and organization which the following thesis statements represent.

  1. Movies based on John Grisham’s novels are better than Grisham’s novels because they provide better character development. (Purpose: persuasive. Subject matter: novels by Grisham and movies based on Grisham’s novels. Organizing pattern: comparison and contrast.)
  2. Computer networking will eliminate the need for offices as we know them. (Purpose: persuasive. Subject matter: the effects of computer networking. Organizing pattern: cause-effect.)
  3. The length of time for the U.S. Presidential campaign should be limited to reduce the unfairly high costs for individual candidates. (Purpose: persuasive. Subject matter: length of presidential campaigns. Organizing pattern: cause and effect.)
  4. Reality television shows are popular because they fulfill a need for extended family and a sense of belonging. (Purpose: persuasive. Subject matter: reality television shows. Organizing pattern: cause and effect.)
  5. School uniform policies create a democratic learning environment. (Purpose: persuasive. Subject: school uniform policies. Organizing pattern: cause and effect).


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