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Thesis Writing. What makes a good thesis?. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.

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what makes a good thesis
What makes a good thesis?
  • Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper.
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The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.

  • Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.
thesis statement examples
Thesis Statement Examples

Example of an analytical thesis statement:

  • An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds.

Based on this thesis, the paper that follows should:

  • explain the analysis of the college admission process
  • explain the challenge facing admissions counselors
thesis examples
Thesis Examples

In The Giver, Lois Lowry uses symbols such as “pale eyes”(20) and biblical names to expose the evil and deception that resides in Jonas’ community .

  • What are two items this paper will be about?
  • Symbolism and Biblical Names
  • How they expose the evil and deception that resides in Jonas’ community.
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Thesis Examples

Example of an argumentative thesis statement:

  • High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.

The paper that follows should:

  • present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college
one way to help you
One way to help you…
  • You should be able to create a thesis statement by finishing this sentence:
  • This work shows that___________________
  • This work shows that symbols, like Piggy’s glasses and the conch, are used in Lord of the Flies to foreshadow the chaos that ensues on the island.
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Now erase This work shows that

  • Symbols, like Piggy’s glasses and the conch, are used in Lord of the Flies to foreshadow the chaos that ensues on the island.