Useful Formulae for Thesis Statements If you’re not sure whether you have a good thesis statement, see whether you can fit your ideas into one of these basic patterns.
If you are just starting out, and you are still developing an original, evidence-based claim to defend, a simpler formula is probably best.
A thesis statement is the single, specific claim that your essay supports.
A strong thesis answers the question you want to raise; it does so by presenting a topic, the position you wish to defend, and a reasoning blueprint that sketches out your defense of your chosen position.
(For more details on the reasoning blueprint, see Blueprinting.)If your thesis statement introduces three reasons A, B and C, the reader will expect a section on reason A, a section on reason B, and a section on reason C.
For a single paragraph, you might only spend one sentence on each reason.
For a 2-3 page paper, each reason might get its own paragraph.
For a 10-page paper, each reason might contain its own local thesis statement, with its own list of reasons, so that each section involves several paragraphs.
In general, an academic essay has three parts: References Describe the role of the introduction and conclusion in a formal essay. In The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide.
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