If written properly, your thesis can act as a “roadmap” for your paper, where each main idea presented in your thesis essentially becomes the topic of your body paragraph.
To see this in action, use the suggested outline below.
If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.
Practice developing thesis statements with this writing introduction worksheet!
Just as you need a recipe, ingredients, and proper tools to cook a delicious meal, you also need a plan, resources, and adequate time to create a good written composition.
In other words, writing is a process that requires steps and strategies to accomplish your goals.
Students will learn how to improve their writing with a strong, attention grabbing thesis statement.
This activity helps build writing skills by asking students to create a statement for the topics provided, such as: “What was the greatest challenge in your life?
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