I find the term "topic sentence" somewhat misleading because thissentence must give more than merely the of theparagraph; rather, it should communicate the that youneed to make within the logical progression of your paper. Just asthe introduction must give both the topic and the thesis of thepaper, the topic sentence must give both the topic and the point ofthe paragraph. In other words, the topic sentence should be a"." Everything your thesis does with respect toyour paper (see ), your topicsentence should do with respect to your paragraph.
I used to have such difficulty with writing theses statements. I used to freak out with them since my whole paper was supported in a single sentence. But when I realize how similar a topic sentence and thesis statement are, it takes away that freak out moment. I’ve never stopped to think about how similar the two are!
Brainstorm a Thesis Topic and Write the Thesis Statement
As you begin to formulate a thesis for your essay, think about the following distinction between topic and thesis. A topic is a general area of inquiry; derived from the Greek (place), "topic" designates the general subject of your essay. For instance, "Doreen Cronin's (2000) and A. Redfield's (1939) both show how unions give workers a collective power that they lack as individuals" would be a weak thesis but a very good a topic for an essay. From a topic, many specific theses can be extracted and developed. A thesis is more specific and delimited; it exists "within" your topic. In your essay, you need to use an argumentative thesis.