The Thesis Statement
A thesis statement is a sentence with the main argument of the paper and controls the rest of the research.
- The first step of writing a thesis statement is asking a question relevant to the research subject.
Essays aim at relaying information to the reader; thus, the researcher must decide the kind of information by first questioning the research topic. The question guides and leads the researcher to the essay’s central idea. The question should be narrow to make the writing process easier and clearer.
2. The second step is formulating the main idea.
This step involves finding the answer to the question and then formulating the essay’s central idea. The central idea is also the thesis of the essay.
3. The third step is developing supporting details.
The details should be relevant to the main argument because they build up the main points of an essay. Including details that disapprove of the main point is also crucial. Honesty is essential in this stage and the researchers should allow the supporting details to lead them to the conclusion. They should not make conclusions before having supporting details.
4. The last step is putting the main argument and supporting details into a single statement.
The statement can be one or more sentences based on the complexity and the length of the main argument. The role of the thesis statement is to inform the audience about the main argument early in the essay. Therefore, it should be as clear and concise as possible. It should also be an opinion rather than a fact, answer the research question, and preview the supporting details of the argument. The thesis statement should not be too broad.