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Thesis Statements

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:

  1. Think: What is the goal of your paper?
    1. 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.

    1. 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