Writing a Great Thesis Statement

These are just a couple of the most important elements to writing a great thesis statement. If you are writing an essay on citizenship, then you are going to need to decide upon a thesis statement that will be making some sort of argument about the topic of citizenship. Citizenship is a rather broad subject for you to work through, therefore, you are going to want to make sure that you are choosing a topic that is a little more focused so that you can make a strong argument. Choose an element of citizenship that is a controversial topic.

Ms. Poulter/8th Grade ELA: Writing a Great Thesis Statement

When writing a research paper, your thesis statement is a very important part of your essay, because it is the first thing your professors will see when they read your paper. The purpose of a thesis statement is to explain the main idea of your research paper, what you are trying to answer, and to inspire those reading it, to want to learn more about the subject. It is the hook that will reel your audience in and prepare them for the rest of the paper. Writing a great thesis statement takes a lot of critical thinking about what you are researching. However, you cannot expect to be able to write a great thesis statement, until after you have done your research. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to get you started.

How to Write a Great Thesis Statement

What's the secret to writing a great thesis statement?

Develop A Strong Opinion About Your Topic
Writing a great thesis statement means you need to develop a strong opinion about your topic. This is how radio talk show hosts keep their audiences – they spew strong opinions that attract listeners and phone calls. If you’re not sure how to form a strong opinion about your topic, start reading through journal article abstracts. Check out Google Scholar and read through thesis statements pertaining to your topic. Jot down any strong opinions that look interesting to you.

Use Exciting Adjectives to Spice up Your Thesis
Don’t just say that something is good or bad, empower your nouns with exciting adjectives that describe what you really think. Adjectives like oppressive, tyrannical, and bloodthirsty are powerful because they portray a strong point of view about something or someone.