Helpful tips for writing a thesis statement
What is a thesis statement?
- One singular sentence or claim in your first paragraph that presents your main topic or argument for your reader
- The rest of the paper elaborates on this point and provides evidence to prove it’s true
- Acts like a guide for the rest of the paper; in other words, after reading the thesis statement, a reader should know what to expect in the rest of the body paragraphs
Types of thesis statements:
- Think: What is the goal of your paper?
- Explanatory– An essay in which you explain something factual to an audience
ex: The Patriot army went to war against the British army in the Revolutionary War because of concerns over issues of taxes, land, and independence.
- Argumentative– Makes a claim that can be disputed or argued against. The claim can come in the form of an opinion, a proposal, or an interpretation.
ex: The most compelling reason to stop pollution is the effect that it is having on animals.
Is my thesis strong enough?
A good thesis statement :
- thoroughly answers the question or the prompt being asked
- is neither vague nor too specific