A thesis is a clear, concise statement of the writer’s assertion about the subject.
A thesis will…
Tell the reader what this piece of writing is about
Indicate the writer’s attitude about the subject
Make a contract with readers: by the end of the essay, readers will understand why the writer thinks the way he/she does about the subject
An effective thesis…
Is restricted, unified, and precise
Must not be a sentence fragment
Must not be a question
Is not a tentative statement
Does not contain phrases such as, “I think…” or “I believe…” or “I will write about…”
Composing a thesis
The initial thesis statement you write will be a working thesis .
The final thesis will be a version that will fit into your introduction.
A working thesis will exhibit five properties:
5. Evaluation of topic
Example: In Robert Frost’s poem “Design,” white
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In addition to author, genre, title, topic, and evaluation of topic that will be included in your thesis, you may also include an essay map.
Example: In Robert Frost’s poem “Design,” the
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white spider, moth, and flower represent a
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cycle of life and death.
Your final thesis will probably not look exactly like your working thesis. In fact, it is a good idea to revise and polish your thesis statement as your essay progresses. This will allow your thesis to flow easily within your introduction.