Thesis Statements


The thesis states the main point of your essay. It often answers the questions: "What is the topic of the essay?" "What does the writer think about it?" "What message does the writer convey through his essay?"

Follow these steps in building up your thesis:

  • Look for interesting appealing facts, controversial issues and arguments in your primary sources, analyze them.
  • Write down a working thesis.
  • Place your thesis at the end of an introductory paragraph.
  • Think of the counter-arguments to your thesis. It will help you to polish it.

These are the features of a good thesis statement:

  • A good thesis presents the writer's clearly defined position on the topic. (Don't beat around the bush. Express your point of view briefly and accurately)
  • A good thesis is meaningful.
  • A good thesis does not promise to cover more than the essay affords.
  • An efficient thesis has a manageable, debatable claim.
  • A good thesis is presented in the end of the first paragraph.
  • A good thesis comprises two parts: - first, it informs what you are going to discuss and then how you are going to do it.

Mind the three "never" rules for thesis statements:

  • A thesis is never an interrogative sentence.
  • A thesis is never an enumeration.
  • A thesis should never be unclear, aggressive or confrontational.
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