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Developing a Central Claim What is a thesis? A thesis is the central claim or main argument of an essay. Because it provides a unifying theme for the rest of the essay, it typically appears early onin shorter papers, most often within the first paragraph or two. The thesis should be analytic or interpretive rather than merely descriptive or factual. Constructing an original and clear thesis statement is essential to writing an effective argumentative essay. (See the Writing Studio’s Argument Essayhandout and Making an Academic Argumenttutorial.) The term thesis statementoften misleads students into thinking a central claim must be stated in a single sentence. Indeed, articulating a complex claim often requires more syntactical space than that. Several sentences might be necessary to convey your thesis or central claim. While there are no hard and fast rules about how to express a claim, or how long one may be, there arestrategies you can employ to develop a strong claim and criteria you can use to evaluate the efficacy of your claim. Central claims: your helpful guide from outlining to drafting to revising Throughout the process of writing an argumentative essay, your thesis/claim(s) will evolve and become sharper. As you write, you may reconsider your main ideas as well as the evidence for and against them, and your central claim is likely to change along the way. It is therefore helpful to think of the thesis as serving two purposes: (a) as a guide to motivate and structure your first drafts and (b) as the central organizing idea of your final draft. In effect, you will have a working claimthat guides your outlining and drafting and then a revised and more polished final claimthat encapsulates your thoughtful and thorough consideration of all the evidence. Drafting a working claim Brainstorm about what questions surround your chosen topic. Does the assignment or prompt you are

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Rhetoric, Thesis or dissertation, Doctor of Philosophy

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