4: Write a Thesis Statement
Step 4: Write a Thesis Statement
After marking up the prompt, prewriting for ideas, and listing and developing major points, you should have a pretty good idea of what your essay will be about. Now it's time to write the thesis statement.
THE THESIS STATEMENT
A very basic thesis statement is a single sentence at the end of the first paragraph that tells the reader the main idea of your essay.
A thesis statement should do these three things:
1. It should clearly
express what the essay is about.
Let's look at some examples:
Americans are buying foreign cars.
The revised thesis statement clearly expresses what the essay is about (the Toyota Corolla.) It gives us a topic than can be discussed (why people are buying the Toyota Corolla.) And it establishes the organizational structure of the essay (three specific reasons for the model's popularity: price, fuel, and value.)
San Francisco is an interesting place to visit.
The revised thesis statement tells what the essay is about (San Francisco). It gives a topic that an be discussed (why San Francisco is such a great city.) And it indicates how the essay will be organized (three body paragraphs discussing the city's location, its art galleries and museums, and its wonderful restaurants.)
is a great game.
The revised thesis statement states the main idea of the essay (chess.) It gives a topic than can be discussed ( chess is a popular activity.) And it reveals how the essay will be organized (three body paragraphs that deal with how cheap, entertaining, and portable chess is.)
Let's get back to the "favorite pet" prompt. I have decided on my topic: dogs. I have chosen three reasons why a dog would make a good pet for me. My three major points will be that dogs are loyal, easy to train, and make good companions. Here are two ways I could write my thesis statement:
Thesis Statement: A dog would make a great pet for me because they are very loyal, they are easy to train, and they make good companions.
Thesis Statement: Because of its sense of loyalty, its ability to be trained, and its good companionship, a dog is the perfect pet for me.
Avoid announcing your intent in the thesis statement. Phrases such as "I want, " "I plan," "I intend," or "this paper is about" are overused and unnecessary.
Try writing a thesis statement for your essay that includes the topic of your essay and your three major points, as illustrated above.