Building an Essay: Write a strong thesis about your topic.
Building an Essay: Write a strong thesis about your topic.

The thesis statement is the main idea of the written work. Every other paragraph fits within the main idea presented in a thesis statement. A thesis statement should answer the following questions: What is this work about? What is the author trying to convey?

Reasons for a thesis statement

  1.    A thesis statement keeps the entire work organized
  2.    A thesis statement should guide the reader and set his or her mind in advance 

Criteria for a thesis statement

A thesis statement should be:

  •   specific enough to be more than simply a vague topic
  •   general enough that every paragraph fits inside of it 

A thesis statement should never explicitly state that it is a thesis statement. Phrases like, “I think” or “I feel” or “I believe” are poor choices. Simply state the main idea. Avoid using a term like, “this is my thesis statement” or “my thesis statement is.”

Get more information about thesis statements and how they provide strength and clarity to your writing with this clip about how to write a killer thesis statement.


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