Producing a Thesis Statement

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Producing a Thesis Statement What should a thesis statement do? It should be specific and cover only what you will discuss in your paper. It should tell the reader HOW you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion. It tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper. It should be an interpretation of the question, not the question itself. It should make a claim that could encourage debate. It usually appears in the first paragraph. It may change as you write your paper, so you may need to revise your thesis statement several times to match your argument. What shouldn’t a thesis statement do? It should not restate the assignment: "Gilbert characterizes reality, and our individual perception of it differently.” This is not an argument because the sentence only tells the reader what the assignment asks you to do, not how you respond to the assignment. It should not be an opinion:
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