These words are in no particular order, but they have a common property. The words are not subject to interpretation. As basic as words such as more and less seem, they are categorical; more can only take on values in a range, and less can only take on values imposed by the comparison to an established parameter. This is a great start, although it is still broad enough to support many valid and invalid arguments, and factual and counter-factual assumptions. Anyway, provided time, it is possible to brainstorm almost every word that might be used in a thesis sentence. To be perfectly clear, with enough thought, one can draw a list of words that have at least a couple in common with the overwhelming majority of theses. The point is not that one. The point is to surprise and generate interest. It’s no mystery that people prize practical utility in varying degrees, so the response might be "oh wow! I could pick words and select an arrangement that builds the model for a snappy thesis. And understandably so, it is easy to sculpt a set structure and then borrow words as needed to fill the points of contact, junctions that form the larger skeletal structure.
Many of the words I listed are transition words. They are the words that catalyze the synthesis of the independent ideas that represent some different elements; these elements and others are agglomerated to prepare the ground, say, for a passage to be very coherent.
Smooth transitions link the sentences together as links in one chain — and shiny metal is smooth whereas decrepit metal is flaky and dull.Try to imagine corroded or broken links and envision the way the rusted chain hangs; there is not enough tightness and tension holding the links together, so it droops when held. Chains with solid links sway as if each chain was one chain. Broken or defective links can be brutal. One chain becomes five pieces of a chain, and a chain with poor, half-severed links is no longer a single chain waiting to happen. These analogies can be useful.
But, what do logical transitions look like in practice? Let’s see the paragraph before this. The first sentence is a compound sentence with parallel construction. The second sentence refers to something about the first. The third sentence combines "these elements", and "others" to make ground on a second premise and conclusion.
Quantitative factors are analogous to words that indicate relative time, space, intensity, etc.
Anyone can make observations using clear cut wording. The little bit of work consists of avoiding fallacious and speculative claims.
You have to appreciate how important it is to work from one point to the next point swiftly, but purposefully.
In fairness, the thesis statement is not always cut sharp from granite. But, for a persuasive or argumentative essay, the discussion up until now has been appropriate, if not exact. Let us look at the thesis statement itself now:
Teenagers should lose their privilege to drive, until adulthood, for drug and alcohol related infractions while being a passenger or driver, given that the risk of crashes is highest among the teen age group.
This statement includes a little too much verbiage and inopportune detail. It should be simpler and clearer.
The continuing rise in income inequality trend will lead to large scale social upheaval in the United States, within our lifetime.
It’s a specific. It is germane. It is debatable. It is delimited to a degree.
It would require collation of evidence and arguments to support not only the assertion, but also to support a timeframe.