After you have started to develop your ideas and mapped out the main concepts that you will cover in your assignment, it can now be a good time to consider what will be your thesis statement.
Remember that your thesis statement can change as you continue to develop your ideas – using an outline can help you keep checking on the connection between your body paragraphs and your thesis statement.
Sometimes, thinking of a question can help you focus your ideas and make connections.
The three steps outlined in the video:
- Creating a question about your topic
- Finding reasons, and
- Putting it all together
are a good place to start if you are a beginner academic writer.
Another strategy to developing a thesis statement is to use the template suggested in this KPU Learning Aid on “Thesis Statement Design:”
Using the KPU Learning Aid, we can return to our example:
Here is the suggested template:
By beginning to to organize my ideas about effective transit and KPU students, I can say:
My thesis may change as I continue to write and revise my essay. In the next chapter, we’ll look at more questions suggestions you can use to further refine your thesis statement.
Writing a Thesis Statement
Step 1 (creating a question about your topic)
What is your topic?
Form a question
Why is Superman so cool?
Step 2 (finding reasons)
What are some of the reasons that Superman is cool?
(Try to think of at least 3 reasons)
Superman can fly!
He saves people from danger
Superman is really strong
That’s why he is Superman!
Step 3 (putting it all together)
We need to take the information from step 1 and 2 and combine it Make sure to answer your question Why is Superman so cool?
Superman is so cool because
he is strong, helps people in danger, and he can fly.
Remember your thesis is the road map for writing your paper.
Make sure you write about what your thesis says. Whether you are writing about Superman, China, or Australia.