Argumentation: Introduction to The Framed Thesis vs. The Open Theses

A thesis statement is a writer’s promise that every word the writer uses supports his or her thesis statement. In argumentation, the thesis statement is critical.

When we first teach our students to write a thesis statement in an argumentative essay, we ask them to place their thesis in the first paragraph of the essay, the introduction. 

In argumentation, the thesis has two parts, a subject and a claim. The subject is the topic or issue of the argument. The claim is the writer’s assertion regarding the subject. Some writers also include the counterclaim in their thesis statements.

A thesis statement may also be written as a framed thesis or an open thesis, which is the topic of this month’s Vlog.