What is a thesis statement?
Simply put, a thesis statement is one or two sentences that sums up your argument/analysis.
What should a thesis statement do?
- Introduces AND answers the topic/question
- Distill your entire essay into one or two sentences
- Help organize and develop your argument
- Provide the reader (teacher) with a “guide” to the rest of your essay
Why do I need a thesis statement?
The thesis statement is the backbone of the rest of the paper. Often, even if the rest of the essay is incoherent, a good thesis will allow the teacher to understand where you were at least trying to go.
On the subpage “Thesis Crafting,” you will find a series of blog-posts on how to generate a thesis (both with and without a prompt) and how to ensure your thesis is a strong one. If you’re looking for something specific, try the search bar!