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THESIS STATEMENTS A THESIS IS: The statement of the author’s position on a topic or subject. Clear, concise, and goes beyond fact or observation to become an idea that needs to be supported. Often a statement of tension, where the author refutes or complicates an existing assumption or claim (counterargument). Often answers WHY or HOW questions related to the topic at hand. A THESIS STATEMENT IS NOT : A statement of fact or observation (no matter how astute the observation). A statement of personal conviction or opinion. A generalization or overly broad claim. For the writer, the thesis statement: Helps the writer determine the essay’s real focus . What are you trying to say with the evidence presented? A thesis provides a theory to be tested by evidence. Serves as a planning tool . The component parts of the thesis often correspond with the essay’s topic sentences. For the reader, the thesis statement: Serves as a “map” to guide the reader through the paper . In the same way the thesis helps you organize your paper, the thesis helps organize the reader’s thinking. Once a solid thesis is presented, the reader will understand that all of the evidence presented is in service of proving the thesis. Creates a reason to keep reading , to discover the support behind the thesis. IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE COMING UP WITH A THESIS… …ask yourself a genuine, difficult question about the topic (usually a “how” or “why” question), and state your response, even if you are not sure why you want to give that answer. Your response may very well be a workable thesis, and the pursuit of proving that answer may reveal to you more about your sources of evidence. …think of a strong statement or observation you have made about the subject beginning with the words “In this essay, I will…” Then ask yourself why this observation is important, or “So What?” 1 Answer the question with “I believe this is because…” In the draft stage you might phrase a working thesis as the following:
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