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How to Create an Effective Thesis Statement in 5 Easy Steps
Creating a thesis statement can be a daunting task. It’s one of the most important sentences in your paper, and it needs to be done right. But don’t worry — with these five easy steps, you’ll be able to create an effective thesis statement in no time.
Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas
The first step is to brainstorm ideas for your paper. Think about what you want to say and write down any ideas that come to mind. This will help you narrow down your focus and make it easier to create your thesis statement.
Step 2: Research Your Topic
Once you have some ideas, it’s time to do some research on your topic. Look for sources that support your ideas and provide evidence for the points you want to make. This will help you refine your argument and make it more convincing.
Step 3: Formulate Your Argument
Now that you have done some research, it’s time to formulate your argument. Take the points you want to make and put them into one or two sentences that clearly state what your paper is about. This will be the basis of your thesis statement.
Step 4: Refine Your Thesis Statement
Once you have formulated your argument, it’s time to refine your thesis statement. Make sure that it is clear, concise, and specific. It should also be arguable so that readers can disagree with it if they choose.
Step 5: Test Your Thesis Statement
The last step is to test your thesis statement. Does it accurately reflect the points you want to make? Is it clear and concise? Does it make an arguable point? If not, go back and refine it until it meets all of these criteria.
Creating an effective thesis statement doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these five easy steps, you can create a strong thesis statement in no time at all.
This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.
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Thesis Statement Definition
Thesis Statement - a short statement , usually one sentence, that summarizes the main point or claim of an essay, research paper, etc., and is developed, supported, and explained in the text by means of examples and evidence.
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The following links will help you with writing a strong thesis statement.
How to Tell a Strong Thesis Statement from a Weak One
- Thesis Generator Use this on-line tool to practice writing a thesis statement.
Before developing your thesis statement, conduct some research and ask the following questions:
Why did my topic happen at this particular time and in this particular place?
What were the events or the influences that came before my topic?
How was my topic influenced by and how did it influence the economic, social, political, and cultural climate of the time period?
Thesis Statement Example One:
- State your claim and summarize the impact and/or significance of your topic
The International Olympic Games offer athletes an opportunity to be exposed to new cultures, ideas and people.
Thesis Statement Example Two:
- State your claim about your topic, followed by example(s) of exploration, encounter and exchange.
The Olympic Games offer the participants the ability to encounter new cultures, explore new countries, and exchange ideas.
Thesis Statement Example Three:
- Introduce a brief counter claim, followed by your claim and the impact or significance of your topic
Although hosting the Olympics leaves many countries in debt, the Olympic games offer host citizens exposure to new cultures, ideas and people.
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Thesis Statement: It is the foundation of your project. It will guide ALL the work you will do on your project .
- Presents a clear, original, and interesting argument.
- Can be proven or supported by research.
- Introduces the arguments you will use to support your claim.
- Addresses a narrow topic that interests you.
- Connects that topic with the theme.
- Is easy to understand even for someone who knows nothing about your topic.
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Develop a Thesis Statement NHD projects should do more than just tell a story. Every exhibit, performance, documentary, paper and website should make a point about its topic. To do this, you must develop your own argument of the historical impact of the person, event, pattern or idea you are studying. The point you make is called a thesis statement. A thesis statement is not the same as a topic. Your thesis statement explains what you believe to be the impact and significance of your topic in history. Example:
Topic: Battle of Gettysburg Thesis Statement: The battle of Gettysburg was a major turning point of the Civil War. It turned the tide of the war from the South to the North, pushing back Lee’s army that would never fight again on Northern soil and bringing confidence to the Union army.
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All categories, except historical paper, must include a process paper with the entry. It must describe in 500 or fewer words how you conducted your research and created your entry. The process paper must include four sections that explain: 1. how you chose your topic; 2. how you conducted your research; 3. how you selected your presentation category and created your project; and 4. how your project relates to the NHD theme.
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In the world of history there is one thing you can never escape… writing a thesis.
A thesis is the key to any history project, not just for National History Day. I suggest you start getting real comfortable with writing a thesis because this skill will not only be beneficial in a history classroom but also in an English class as well as any class where you need to write a paper. A thesis (or sometimes known as a topic sentence) is your explanation of what you believe the impact or your topic is. You can find a thesis in the introductory paragraph on an essay and is usually the last or one of the last sentences. A thesis can also be 2-3 sentences long. The thesis describes what you will talking about in your paper and the arguments you are going to be making. So a thesis is sort of like a road map, it tells the reader where you will be going in your paper.
A good thesis statement for a National History Day project consists of three things: addresses a narrow topic, explains what you believe the historical significance of your topic is, and it connects your topic to the National History Day theme. A way to make sure that the reader can clearly see the relationship between your topic and the year’s theme in your thesis is by using similar wording in your thesis that is found in the description of the year’s theme. A great thesis statement is one that takes a stand or expresses a certain feeling about your topic.
Okay, now that I have gone on this lengthy description of what a thesis is and why it is important; now let’s make one together. It is true what they say, practice makes perfect. For example, let say the History Day theme is Turning Points. Personally, I am interested in the Civil War and particularly the Battle of Gettysburg (if you don’t know much about the Battle of Gettysburg I suggest you look it up). Next, I make my tentative thesis or my thesis in progress; the Battle of Gettysburg was a major turning point in the war. After I have my tentative thesis, I look at the lasting impact my topic had on history and then combine the two to create my final thesis; the Battle of Gettysburg was a major turning point in the Civil War. It turned the tide of war from the South to the North, pushing back Lee’s army that would never fight again on Northern soil and bringing confidence to the Union army. You can all hold your applause; I know that’s a great thesis. What can I say I am proud of my thesis as all of you should be about yours. By the end of this project you should all be thesis writing experts.
Ali, Delaware Historical Society intern
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