Thesis Statement. What is it?

Thesis Statement. What is it?
Thesis Statement. What is it?
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What Is It?

§ The thesis statement is the one sentence that contains your topic and opinion about that topic.

§ Your good thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper  and should be supported with specific evidence in your paper.

§ In terms of organization and structure, thesis statements typically appear in the last sentence of the  introductory paragraph.

How do I to develop one?

§ Thesis statements often need to be adjusted as your research and writing progresses.

§ Start with a tentative thesis statement that addresses the focal points of your research report.

Topic + Opinion = Thesis Statement

Examples of Closed Thesis Statements:

Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and the 14th Dalai Lama show that mankind is  more kind than cruel.

The Columbine High School shooting, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Trail of Tears exemplify  why mankind’s ability to do evil outweighs its ability to do good.

Examples of Open Thesis Statements:

Mankind is not perfect, but the moral sense allows man to do more good than evil.

Although a small number of individuals are kind, mankind is cruel, destructive, and violent.

Human beings are inherently good, but oftentimes their kindness and compassion does not emerge  until catastrophic and destructive events occur.

The amount of hate and violence that man inflicts on his own kind proves that mankind is the lowest,
cruelest animal.


§ The introduction is one paragraph in length with the thesis statementó as the last sentence.

§ The introduction should be general information and common knowledge; therefore, no citations are necessary.

unless it is within a direct quotation.)


-quote w/ lead (no quote dropping!)
-statement of fact
-anecdote a.k.a. story
-“Imagine…” statement (no ‘You’!)
– (AVOID QUESTIONS! Especially with research writing.)


– Explain the research topic
– Connect Hook to Thesis


A wise man once said, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth  and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall.” These are the words of Mahatma Gandhi. Mark Twain refutes Gandhi in his satirical essay “The Lowest Animal.” Twain believes mankind is cruel, inflicts pain for pleasure, and has made a graveyard of the globe. He argues that because man has a moral sense which allows him to know right from wrong, mankind is capable of committing atrocious evils, but
Mark Twain is wrong. A few instances of evil cannot categorize an entire species as such. The 9/11 first responders exemplify how in the face of evil, hundreds of ordinary individuals heroically emerge to assist their fellow man.

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