Now let's try to create a thesis statement.

Most effective thesis statements contain this type of structure, often called an action plan or plan of development. This is such an effective type of thesis because it clearly tells the reader what is going to be discussed; it also helps the writer stay focused and organized. How can you now use this pattern to create an effective thesis statement?

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Just as the contents of the essay may change during the writing process, so, too, may the thesis statement. It is important to create a thesis statement before writing the paper, but this type of thesis is generally referred to as a working thesis and may change along with the contents of the essay. It is important that a writer uses the thesis to direct the creation of the essay, but it is also important that the writer is open to changing the thesis as necessary.


Purdue OWL: Creating a Thesis Statement

This resource provides tips for creating a thesis statement and examples of different types of thesis statements.

To create a thesis statement, simply remove the 'to inform my audience' or 'to persuade my audience' from your specific purpose statement and include your main ideas in a single sentence. Remember, your audience will better understand your topic and main points if you use a thesis statement, and you should be creating your thesis statement before creating the outline of your speech.