Thesis Statements and Where to Put Them

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If you’re unsure about thesis statements; don’t worry, you’re not alone! 95% of my students come in and a) have no idea what a thesis statement is b) don’t know where to put it c) can’t manage to write one strong enough. In this post, I’m going to address all three of these problems, and hopefully, you guys will benefit from it!

A.) What is a thesis statement, and what does it do?

To put it simply, a thesis statement is your argument. It’s basically the main idea of your essay. Each one of your body paragraphs are supposed to prove your thesis. Therefore, you have to make sure your thesis is strong enough so it’s not super hard to prove it.

For instance, if you were writing an essay about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, your thesis could be: “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein proves that you should never judge someone by their appearance, because Victor was much more monstrous than his “ugly” creature.”

Or, if you were writing about an assigned topic, such as modern technology, your thesis could be: “Modern technology has greatly impacted our lives for the better (or worst, depending on your viewpoint).”

B.) Where to put a thesis statement?

Thesis statements are always the last sentence of your first paragraph (introduction).

C.) How do you write a strong thesis?

So basically…think about the topic/book you’ve been assigned/decided to write your essay about. Figure out two conflicting opinions regarding your material. Pick one side, and come up with one sentence that you feel 1) you can prove with some well placed citation and 2) is strong/big enough for you to write at least 3-5 paragraphs about. If you can say that your thesis does both of those things, it’s probably a good thesis!

I hope that helped someone out there to improve their grade or at the very least, cut down the amount of time they spend on writing essays!

What else do you guys have trouble with when it comes to college papers?

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