Examples Of Thesis Statements


In the past, I asked the following question in US History up to 1865:


Here is an example of a good Introduction/Thesis Statement written by a student answering that question (the Thesis Statement is highlighted in red):

        The early histories of colonial New England and Virginia were very similar, but different.  The colonists traveled to these two regions for a variety of reasons in the early 1600s.  The differing motivations led to the development of unique societies in each colony.  Overall, the single most important motivation for traveling was to improve themselves economically.

The above is a great introduction because:


Below is another introduction which answers the same question, but it's not as strong:


    The early histories of colonial Virginia and New England and the different motivations for coming are clearly shown in the diversity of the two societies.


The above is a good start, but fails because:


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