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Thesis Development

A thesis statement declares what the writer believes and intends to prove or explain. This statement is often thought to be the most important part of an essay because it helps the reader understand why the writer is writing. A thesis is typically located at the end of the introduction, which may be one of several paragraphs. It should be more than a simple fact. A strong thesis is provocative and takes a stand, being both specific and focused. A thesis does not have to be limited to one sentence, but the writer should be able to state the thesis aloud in one simple statement.

Tons of possible thesis statements present themselves during the course of the day. Here are some examples:

  • The positive benefits of coffee outweigh the negatives.
  • Mandatory high school attendance teaches students to follow routines and gives them a lifelong work ethic.
  • Taking a seminar on road rage should be required for young drivers because it could teach responsible driving habits and ways to diffuse agressive driving behavior.

Are these statements arguable? Yes. Can you find many kinds of examples to support these statements? Yes.

The goal of a thesis statement is to state an opinion and reasons why you feel that way, while alluding to the direction of the paper and support for your views that will be presented to the audience.

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