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I am writing an oppossing view essay. For this part of the essay we are not supposed to take a stance. The teacher has broken the assignment into 2 parts. The 1st part is actually just to help us learn how to write our final essay. I have pulled alot of research together, just stuck on how to put a thesis statement together. This is usually the part of the essay I struggle with. Once I am able to come up with this I am usually ok. Any ideas?

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    A thesis statement usually includes factual information plus your position/opinion/stance. Without your position on the topic, it isn't a true thesis statement. So think of this sentence as the angle you want to take on the topic and what you intend to prove by the end of your paper. (If your statement is simply factual, then there's nothing to prove!)

    http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/thesistatement.html
    This is one of the very best places I've seen online to help students write good thesis statements. It shows you sentences that aren't thesis statements and how to turn each one into real thesis statements.

    Once you've drafted your statement, feel free to post it if you'd like someone here to check it.

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    Thanks, I sure will post it once I come up with it.

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    Ok, this is what I have so far....
    Have you ever taken into consideration that with one action, whether it be mistake or on purpose, you could be sentenced to death? Many of us do not realize how serious and how harsh our legal system could be. Although the death penalty is not always the chosen sentence, it is still a possible sentence. The question is how effective is the death penalty? Is it even effective at all?

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