Persuasive Essay: Thesis Statement and Gathering Resources Worksheet
Part 1: Thesis Statement
Review “Thesis Statements” in the “Drafting the College Essay” section of “The Writing Process” media piece.
Here is an example of a persuasive thesis statement from our essay.
Grass fed beef is a much healthier option than corn fed beef because it has higher nutritional value, can provide the body with much needed Omega 3 fatty acids, and has the health benefits of conjugated linoleic acid.
Position: Grass fed beef is a much healthier option than corn fed beef.
Subtopic 1: it has higher nutritional value.
Subtopic 2: it can provide the body with much needed Omega 3 fatty acids.
Subtopic 3: and has the health benefits of conjugated linoleic acid.
Create a thesis statement for your persuasive essay. Your thesis statement should be one sentence that includes the position and all three subtopics.
Write your thesis statement in the box below:
Once you have identified all parts of your
thesis, work to create the one sentence thesis statement below.
Clear and Logical Thesis Statement – Self-Evaluation:
While this self-evaluation is completely voluntary, as a critical thinker it is important to consider the following questions when developing the thesis statement for your essay. The answer to each of the five questions below should be yes if you have drafted a quality thesis statement.
This metacognitive process needs to take place in both parts 1 and 2 of the worksheet. For example, you may find that you have a great idea for one of the sub-topics but were not able to locate a peer-reviewed journal article to support that sub-topic. It would be important to determine if perhaps there is another sub-topic the research is pointing to that you could shift toward instead. This would then cause a change in the sup-topic in part 1 and then the inclusion of that resource you found to support in part 2.
1) Is your topic stated in the thesis?
2) Does your thesis include your position?
3) Does the thesis include three subtopics?
4) Do all three sub-topics help to prove why your position is the most logical stance to take within the argument?
5) Were you able to find a peer reviewed journal article within the GCU library per sub-topic?
Part 2: Gathering Resources
Review “Research and Sources” in the media piece “The Writing Process.”
Use the GCU Library to find three peer reviewed sources to use in your persuasive essay. Each source must be current (published within the last 10 years). Fill out the requested information in the table below about your sources.
Which set of
search terms resulted in this article on your results page?
States AND Foreign Policy
50-word response to the following question:
How is this source relevant to your subtopic?
Permalink (GCU Library
supporting Subtopic 1
supporting Subtopic 2
supporting Subtopic 3