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Evaluate the thesis statement


Why are parents and teachers concerned with how much time children spend online?

Proposed Thesis:

Parents and teachers have significant concerns about the amount of screen time in a child’s typical day.

Evaluating thesis statements (Sample Answers)

This thesis statement merely repeats the question. The thesis must answer why.

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Interpret the Question

Evaluating thesis statements (Sample Answers)

Essay a would summarize a variety of different reasons for limiting screen time based on research. To complete this essay, the writer would need to find several different perspectives and collect them together in a single discussion.

Essay b would be more argumentative than explanatory, developing an argument (conclusion) about screen time and learning by evaluating what others have to say about it.

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