Why do we need one?A thesis statement summarizes what your essay isabout.It serves as a guide for the reader, so he/she knowswhat to expect in your essay.Your thesis statement includes all the points to bemade in the paper, in your three body paragraphs.In a persuasive essay, your thesis is also your mainargument.
How do I write one?Start by summarizing your major argument/points of theessay.Your thesis will have 3 “prongs”– your three body paragraphtopics.Your prongs should be listed in order, so the reader knowswhat to expect and where in your essay to find it.It should be a logical progression of ideas. Your thesis is the last sentence in your introductory paragraph. The thesis should be one/two sentences at most (shoot for one- even if it is a long sentences).
What should I not do?Do NOT use “I” in your thesis, or ANYWHERE in your paper.The reader already knows you are writing the paper and these areyour thoughts and opinions. Your name is on the paper after all!NONE OF THIS: In this paper, I will explain ... The following paragraphs will describe ... This essay will explain ...Never use “you” either. You aren’t addressing the readerpersonally (sometimes it is ok if asking a rhetorical question. Ask ateacher if you are unsure).You thesis is NOT a fact, statement, or command. It is an analysis,argument, or combination of ideas about a subject.