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Writing A Thesis Statement For An Argumentative Essay On Juvenile

The thesis statement is a one or two sentence statement which sets the tone of the paper and gives the reader an overview of the content of the paper. I tend to construct thesis statements in a subject-description-triple content model. 

Human trafficking (subject) is a growing evil (description) destroying communities (content 1), expanding gang activity (content 2) and robbing the innocence of the world's youth (content 3).

The model lets the reader know the subject...

The thesis statement is a one or two sentence statement which sets the tone of the paper and gives the reader an overview of the content of the paper.
I tend to construct thesis statements in a subject-description-triple content model. 

Human trafficking (subject) is a growing evil (description) destroying communities (content 1), expanding gang activity (content 2) and robbing the innocence of the world's youth (content 3).

The model lets the reader know the subject of the paper, your view of it and the supporting arguments you plan on providing in the paper.  The rule of three makes a paper easy to read and provides enough content for the discussion.  Sub-sections can always be introduced to address additional areas of concern.

There are many aspects of human trafficking that can be addressed in a paper.  The first step to writing the thesis statement is to decide what areas of human trafficking you want to focus.  Areas you may want to include loss of innocence, financial cost, slavery, sexual abuse, emotional scars, gang activity, degradation of communities, judicial burden, or the difficulty in tracing missing persons.

It occurs to me that it might not be necessary to start with a thesis for or against the death penalty after all. Judgiing from my own thoughts and feelings, it would be hard for me to come out with a thesis statement that the death penalty should be abolished or that it should be retained. I simply don't know. It would be easy to say that the death penalty should be abolished because it is cruel and unusual punishment, because it is unfair to minorities, and because it doesn't deter capital offenses. It would also be easy to say that cold-blooded murderers don't deserve any consideration and that they ought to be eliminated--especially for such atrocities as torture-murders of women and children.

Another approach to a thesis statement therefore might be to state that the death penalty poses a moot question which has yet to be satisfactorily answered. Then the follow-up would be to present the arguments against the death penalty and the arguments in favor. (And there are plenty of people who favor retaining the death penalty and even using it more often.)

This would be a more difficult essay to write, and the conclusion would also be difficult to formulate, but many studies end with the time-honored, all-purpose conclusion that the problem needs further study. After all, your opinion is only one of millions, and your essay is not going to affect the death penalty one way or the other. The same would be true for me if I were to write an essay on the subject. I really don't know. I'm not crazy about the death penalty, but there are many cases I read about in which, to be honest, I certainly can't feel sorry for the person getting the lethal injection.