Thesis Statements


 

Thesis Statements

 

What is a thesis statement?

The thesis statement can be considered the keystone of an essay, particularly for argumentative essays in which you have to argue in favor of one side of an issue over another. Thesis statements aren’t simply a summary of your argument, they provide a roadmap as to how your argument will be structured.

 

What makes a good thesis statement?

 

             strong thesis statement is not be one-sided. 

 

 

 

Where do thesis statements appear in a paper?

Thesis statements most often appear at the end of the introduction (or somewhere early in the paper). In addition, it is a good idea to restate the thesis (not verbatim) at the beginning of the conclusion.

 

Examples of WEAK thesis statements

(related to the topic banning smoking on campus)

 

 

 

Examples of STRONG thesis statements

(related to the topic banning smoking on campus)

 

 

 

 

Extra Tips

 

 

 

Click on the links below for more information on the writing process:

Topic Sentences

Transition Words

How to Use Quotations and Paraphrasing