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Thesis statement writing: getting it right

Jul 20, 2013 - Posted to  Thesis Writing
Any paper that you will write within your academic career will have to have a statement of the intent of the paper. The thesis statement is the statement that you make in the introduction of your paper that signals the reader what the intent of your paper is. It is the cornerstone of the paper, and sets not only the structure of it, but the outline that you will follow throughout it. No matter what type of paper you are writing, the thesis statement is the most important part of the paper. Without a valid thesis statement, there is no point, or objective to any paper you are writing.

What types of papers are there?

Throughout your academic career, you will be required to write many different types of papers. The different types of papers can include, but are not limited to:
The different type of paper will have its own set of requirements attached to it. The one thing that every paper assigned will have in common is the need for the thesis statement in the introduction. Whether the thesis statement is a declaration of an opinion, or contains what the paper's intent to prove is, it is the roadmap to the entirety of the paper.

What is a thesis statement?

A thesis statement is the statement presented in the introduction of the paper that signals the reader what the paper is about. There are many different types of papers that can be written, the thing that all of them are required to have is a thesis statement. For some papers it is referred to as the hypothesis statement, while others it is the thesis statement. It is a sentence about what the paper is about, why you are writing it, and what the content of the paper will contain. If you don't have a clear thesis statement for any work, the reader is completely in the dark about what the paper is about, why it was written and what they are supposed to get out of reading it.

What are the components of the thesis statement?

The thesis statement must:
  • Be clear and concise
  • Use definitive language
  • Be able to be proven
  • Not be vague
  • Be contained within the introduction of the paper
  • Fit the structure of the assigned paper
  • Not use language that is hyperbolic
  • Reflect the body and conclusion of the paper
  • Become the outline for your writing

How to choose your thesis statement

Since one of the most integral component of your paper will be the thesis statement, choosing one that is appropriate will set the tone for the validity of your writing. When choosing the thesis statement, keep the following things in mind:
  • Choose a subject that is interesting
  • Make sure to have the research to support your thesis statement
  • Know your subject
  • Only present one point in your thesis statement
  • Choose something that you believe and are interested in
  • Find something that you know something about
  • Know your audience
Since the thesis statement that you choose will not only be the cornerstone of your paper, it will also engage the reader, knowing your audience is important in forming it. If you are using a paper that you can choose on your own, there is a lot of leeway to choosing your thesis statement and subject of the paper. If you are choosing your own subject try to stick to things that you are familiar with, or interested in. By choosing something that you are passionate about, forming the argument will be easier, as will engaging the reader.
The thesis statement is not only the place where you will tell the reader what your paper is about, it will also be the place where you will let the reader know if they are interested in reading your writing at all. If your thesis statement is not engaging, clear, or concise, the reader has no incentive for reading your article. If there is no clear point to reading it, not only will it be uninteresting, it will not make the reader want to commit to your opinion, or point.

Things to avoid when forming your thesis statement

  • Don't choose a statement that there isn't valid research to support
  • Use a subject that is narrow enough to form an argument
  • Don't make an assertion that you can't substantiate
  • Your language needs to be definitive and poignant
  • Stay on task to the assignment

Conclusion

One of the most integral components of any paper that you will be assigned will be forming it. The tool that is used not only to signal the reader about what your paper is about, but how to form the paper is the thesis statement. A thesis statement is the key to the validity of the argument you form. Since the paper will be entirely formed around it, making sure that it is valid, something you are interested in and have the research to back up, is the first thing to consider when writing it.
Keeping in mind the audience is important to engaging the reader, the way that you do that is through the thesis statement. A thesis statement is so much more than just a sentence, it is the entire formation of the argument you will present in your paper. Choosing the thesis statement should be done with much consideration and effort especially if it is left up to you. There will be times when the thesis statement will be assigned to you,while others when you are in control of it. Giving it much thought before beginning your paper is the most important key. There is no valid way to form your paper and then fill in the thesis statement, it must be the key for the paper in entirety. Making sure that the rest of the paper can all be tied to the original thesis statement is the only way to make your paper valid and credible.
By Martha Buckly. Martha is a reliable freelance writer. For the past several years she guides students on academic writing and shows how to complete all types of academic assignments.
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