Thesis: The Umbrella of Your Essay
"Writing is a struggle against silence."
A thesis is:
1. A statement that sums up the main idea or the purpose for writing2. An umbrella that should cover everything in your essay (similar to a topic sentence for each paragraph)
For the writer, a thesis:
1. Is a planning tool
2. Helps determine focus and clarity
3. Acts as a hook on which to hang ideas
4. Anticipates questions
5. Provides a unifying thread
For the reader, a thesis:
1. Serves as a map
2. Prepares the reader to read
3. Keeps the reader focused on main ideas
4. Engages the reader
General characteristics of a thesis:
1. It is focused and specific.
2. It is a contract between the reader and the writer.
3. It makes an assertion and states conclusions. It is not merely a fact or an observation.
4. It is flexible.