Normally you will continue to refine your thesis as you revise your argument s , so your thesis will evolve and gain definition as you obtain a better sense of where your argument is taking you. Tip: Check your thesis: Are there two large statements connected loosely by a coordinating conjunction i.
Would a subordinating conjunction help i. Or do the two statements imply a fuzzy unfocused thesis? If so, settle on one single focus and then proceed with further development. Is your thesis statement too general? Your thesis should be limited to what can be accomplished in the specified number of pages. Shape your topic so that you can get straight to the "meat" of it.
Being specific in your paper will be much more successful than writing about general things that do not say much. Don't settle for three pages of just skimming the surface.
The opposite of a focused, narrow, crisp thesis is a broad, sprawling, superficial thesis. Compare this original thesis too general with three possible revisions more focused, each presenting a different approach to the same topic : Original thesis: There are serious objections to today's horror movies. Revised theses: Because modern cinematic techniques have allowed filmmakers to get more graphic, horror flicks have desensitized young American viewers to violence.
The pornographic violence in "bloodbath" slasher movies degrades both men and women. Today's slasher movies fail to deliver the emotional catharsis that s horror films did. Is your thesis statement clear? Your thesis statement is no exception to your writing: it needs to be as clear as possible. Now you write: In Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain develops a contrast between life on the river and life on the shore. What does it signify?
Eventually you will be able to clarify for yourself, and then for the reader, why this contrast matters. This final thesis statement presents an interpretation of a literary work based on an analysis of its content.
Of course, for the essay itself to be successful, you must now present evidence from the novel that will convince the reader of your interpretation. Works consulted We consulted these works while writing this handout. Please do not use this list as a model for the format of your own reference list, as it may not match the citation style you are using. For guidance on formatting citations, please see the UNC Libraries citation tutorial. Anson, Chris M. The Longman Handbook for Writers and Readers.
New York: Longman, Ruszkiewicz, John J. The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers. Lunsford, Andrea A. The St. Ramage, John D. Bean, and June Johnson. New York: Pearson, Thesis Statement Examples Example of an analytical thesis statement: An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds. The paper that follows should: Explain the analysis of the college admission process Explain the challenge facing admissions counselors Example of an expository explanatory thesis statement: The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers.
The paper that follows should: Explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers Example of an argumentative thesis statement: High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness. The paper that follows should: Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college Navigation.
Be sure that you have done enough research to make a strong argument. You may be challenged. Write that as your thesis statement.
There are many ways to approach writing a thesis statement. Just make sure that it is not simple a fact and that you can support it with good evidence from reliable sources.Good: Americans should add exercise to their daily morning routine because it not only keeps their bodies at a healthy weight but also reduces the risk of high blood pressure. Compare the original thesis not specific and clear enough with the revised version much more specific and clear : Original thesis: Although the timber wolf is a timid and gentle animal, it is being systematically exterminated. What is a thesis statement? You end up revising the working thesis into a final thesis that really captures the argument in your paper: While both Northerners and Southerners believed they fought against tyranny and oppression, Northerners focused on the oppression of slaves while Southerners defended their own right to self-government.
As you write the essay, you will probably begin to characterize these differences more precisely, and your working thesis may start to seem too vague. The sentence that captures your position on this main idea is what we call a thesis statement. Write that as your thesis statement. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel.
Also, make sure your audience will want to learn these new facts and possibly embrace these new opinions. A thesis statement focuses your ideas into one or two sentences. Your thesis statement should tell your reader what the paper is about and also help guide your writing and keep your argument focused. For the sake of example, let's say that you've chosen to argue the merits of eating locally grown foods.
Of course, for the essay itself to be successful, you must now present evidence from the novel that will convince the reader of your interpretation. Persuasion is a skill you practice regularly in your daily life.
The assignment may not explicitly state that you need a thesis statement because your instructor may assume you will include one. In the example about European travel above, readers might be interested in travel around Europe but will they be interested in solo travel, and greater independence and confidence? What does it signify? In college, course assignments often ask you to make a persuasive case in writing.
The pornographic violence in "bloodbath" slasher movies degrades both men and women. This is a harsh yet necessary question to ask yourself: will my readers have any reason to care about what I'm writing? Subject Guide. Compare the original thesis not specific and clear enough with the revised version much more specific and clear : Original thesis: Although the timber wolf is a timid and gentle animal, it is being systematically exterminated. Be sure that you have done enough research to make a strong argument.
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The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation.
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Think of it as a loving mother steering her children away from danger.