how to write a thesis statement
A thesis statement is a sentence that states the topic and purpose of your paper. A good thesis statement will direct the structure of your essay and will allow your reader to understand the ideas you will discuss within your paper.
Your thesis should be stated somewhere in the opening paragraphs of your paper, most often as the last sentence of the introduction. Often, a thesis will be one sentence, but for complex subjects, you may find it more effective to break the thesis statement into two sentences.
Start your introduction with an interesting “hook” to reel your reader in. An introduction can begin with
- a rhetorical question
- a quotation
- a definition
- an interesting fact
- a question that will be answered in your paper
- some background information on your topic
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