With a topic in mind and some preliminary background research completed, it's time to work on your thesis statement. This is an important part of your paper, so let's get to work!
A thesis statement can do many things:
Think of your thesis statement as a road map. It tells your reader what to expect while reading your paper. Usually it is placed somewhere near the beginning of your paper and is a single sentence. The rest of your paper should gather evidence to support your thesis statement!
Here are the basic steps of creating a thesis statement:
1. Determine what kind of paper you are writing (analytical, expository, or argumentative).
2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.
3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.
4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.
Check out the Purdue Online Writing Lab for more tips on writing thesis statements!
Ask yourself the following questions: