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Writing a Thesis Statement

How to write a good thesis statement and why this is important

The most important sentence in your essay or report is the thesis statement A statement, of one or two sentences, giving information about the topic and perhaps the author's stance in the introduction to an essay or report. more... . Everything you write hangs on the thesis statement and can be traced back to it. If it doesn’t, it should not be in your essay or report.

A thesis statement needs to provide the reader with two pieces of information: the topic The subject matter of a paragraph, section, essay, report, etc. more... of your report and the writer’s stance The writer's opinion, approach, or position on a topic, including feelings, critiques or assessments. more.... Stance means your opinion, your approach, your position on the topic. This is especially important if you are writing any type of persuasive Writing intended to make you believe something to be true. more... (argumentative) text.

The thesis statement should be short - usually only one sentence and rarely more than two.

The thesis statement appears in your introduction; usually at the end of the introduction Go to the Paragraph Structure page.

You cannot write a good thesis statement unless you have a clear idea in your own mind about what you want to say. So make sure that you can write this down in simple language; it should be a single idea, not a list of random thoughts.

Once you have a good thesis The topic of an essay or report, often including the writer’s opinion on the topic. more... or go to the "Using A Thesis Statement to Plan an Essay" page statement you have a good basis for developing a plan for your essay or report.

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