Recognizing Effective Thesis Statements (for am Argumentative Essay) 1. "The North and South fought the Civil War for many reasons, some of which were the same and some different. 2. "There is no question that cell phones have changed our lives in a very big way." 3. "Libraries are essential resources for communities and should be funded more heavily by local municipalities." 4. "Corporations should provide more work from home opportunities and six-hour workdays so that officeworkers have a better work-life balance and are more likely to be productive when they are in the office." 5. "This paper will consider the advantages and disadvantages of certain restrictions on free speech."