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Writing Tip--

Constructing a Thesis Statement

--by sara

 

 

You know that finicky little thing that goes in your first paragraph, that sentence or group of sentences that everyone tells you is “so important”? Well, it is. Believe me. It can also be difficult to write, difficult to wrap your mind around, difficult to place, difficult in general. So, I’m here to help you out a bit.
I’ve come up with a sort of formula for an argumentative thesis statement, and it’s seemed to help several people, so I’ll share it with you, dear reader. It is as follows:

TOPIC + YOUR CLAIM + SUPPORTING REASON(S)

That’s it! Simple. A thesis needs to let your audience know what your position is on whatever you’re writing about, and the rest of your essay (which should progress in the order of your reasons, each paragraph in turn discussing them in detail), should be spent proving your claim, or, furthering your point. Here is an example:
Dogs (TOPIC) + are the best pet (CLAIM) + because they are loyal,
friendly, and have been proven in studies to help aid with depression (REASONS).

See? Simple. A lot of people stress over their thesis statement. That’s understandable. Sometimes it’s easier to write the body paragraphs and then come up with a thesis afterwards (this ensures that your reasons are in the correct order, and that the essay will flow well). Some people like this method because they don’t feel boxed in by the thesis’s parameters. Others like doing the thesis first, so they have an outline for their essay. Either way is just fine, as long as it works for you. A thesis can even be several sentences long, if you’d like (or if a professor requires it). The only rules are that it goes in your introduction, and that it gives your claim or opinion on a topic, as well as the supporting evidence you will use in the rest of the essay to prove your point is valid.


Well, that’s all I have for you today, dear reader. I wish you the best of luck in all writing adventures to come.