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:
- Think: What is the goal of your paper?
- 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.
- 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
Outline and thesis generators
Are you struggling to write a thesis for your paper? Confused about how to construct an effective outline? Here are three websites that will help you do the job.
Thesis builder/outline generator
On this website, you can generate either a thesis statement or a paper outline. The outline, for a 5 paragraph essay, is especially helpful; It not only plugs in your main points, it also gives you tips and guidance for the rest of the paragraphs. You can extend this into a longer essay by printing the guidelines and applying them to the rest of your body paragraphs. Just plug in your main opinion, 2 supporting arguments, and one opposing argument, press the button for either the thesis or outline generator, and whallah!
University of Phoenix thesis builder
This is very similar to the above thesis builder, but it gives you an example before you actually plug in your own ideas. Also, it lacks the outline generation component. If you need a bit more guidance in coming up with your argument and supporting ideas, visit this site.
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Outline Maker
This outline generator is awesome. Type in your thesis statement and up to 4 subtopics, with up to 3 pieces of supporting evidence for each subtopic. Then, press the button for your very own outline. Part of why this site is so helpful is because it guides you through the outline creation process in a very accessible way (the different parts of the outline are color-coded for visual learners) and helps you to see how to generate a successful outline.
When you are done using this, you will be more than ready to begin writing your paper!
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