A thesis statement is a strong statement that you can prove with evidence. It is not a simple statement of fact. A thesis statement should be the product of your own critical thinking after you have done some research. Your thesis statement will be the main idea of your entire project. It can also be thought of as the angle or point of view from which you present your material.
When do I write it?
You will develop a thesis statement about your research topic after you have written a Statement of Purpose and done some actual research into the topic. You will then present your thesis statement in your introduction, prove it with evidence in the body of your paper, project, or presentation, and finally restate it along with a summary of your evidence in your conclusion.
How do I write it?
Look again at your Statement of Purpose
Look at the kinds of information you have been finding while taking notes. •
Decide what kind of statement you have enough evidence to prove. (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. Here are some ways to approach it:
Define a problem and state your opinion about it
Discuss the current state of an issue or problem and predict how it might resolve •
Put forth a possible solution to a problem
Look at an issue/topic from a new, interesting perspective •
Theorize how the world might be different today if something had/had not happened in the past •
Compare two or more of something similar and give your rating about them (cars, authors,computers, colleges, books) •
Put out your ideas about how something was influenced to be the way it is or was (music, art, political leadership, genocide)
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