Hello and thank you so much for viewing my presentation on how to write a thesis statement I am professor a Shawn are a Hampton so if you’re watching that means you are student perhaps in college or high school or an instructor looking for good concise effective ways to understand and to explain how to write a good thesis statement.
So let’s go ahead and get started let’s start with what is a thesis statement a thesis statement is the controlling idea of your essay meaning it tells the reader what you are going to talk about or what subject your essay will cover secondly the thesis expresses the subject and direction of the essay so the thesis expresses the subject what you’re going to talk about and when we say direction or purpose we mean where you’re going with your essay but we’ll talk about this in more detail in just a moment thirdly the thesis is usually written in one sentence that appears as the last line of your introduction.
I know that some textbooks and teachers will instruct you that you can put your thesis anywhere in the essay but as a beginning writer you want to put yours as the last line of your introductory paragraph so that it’s right there at the front of the essay it sets up the essay and it reduces confusion okay so let’s take a look at an example of a simple thesis statement all of my classmates enjoyed three wonderful days of reunion activities let’s say this is the thesis statement for a narration or personal experience essay.
So according to this statement what will the writer talk about well what is the main idea when we say these things we mean what is the subject a reunion and because they mentioned classmates perhaps this is a class reunion alright so what is the purpose direction position or angle this essay will take where are you headed with this essay what is going to be the purpose well what are we going to get out of this essay just looking at this thesis statement well they’re going to describe or talk about three days of reunion activities.
So now you have subject what will the writer talk about sounds like a class reunion right well where they headed with this what are they going to do in this essay where they’re going to talk about the three days of reunion activities this is what we mean when we say a thesis has subject and direction okay so based on the information in the thesis how might the writer organize the essay this is what we mean by the thesis sets up the body of the paper well they can organize the essay based on the days what happens Friday what happens Saturday and what happens Sunday so when we say the thesis sets up the essay that means the first body paragraph will talk about what happened Friday then next they’ll talk about what happens Saturday.
And next I’ll talk about what happened Sunday across the three days of the reunion activities so this is how the thesis gives subject gives direction or where this essay is heading and also a little bit about the organizational structure okay so what does a thesis statement consist of what makes a good thesis statement so here’s an example a good citizen should stay informed vote and participate in community projects so remember a thesis equals subject and direction so in looking at this example do we get subject and direction out of this yes we do well the essay is going to talk about what makes a good citizen right how will they talk about this what will they say what direction will they take where is this heading what’s the purpose we’re going to tell you that a good citizen should stay informed should vote and should participate in community projects so this one sentence gives you a hint of subject what the essay will be about they’re going to talk about what makes a good citizen and the direction or where it is si is heading also how will you talk about the subject when we say those things they all mean Direction well they’re going to talk about being a good citizen in terms staying informed in terms of voting and participating in community project so based on the formula here for thesis statement this sentence would make a decent thesis statement okay let’s see if you can identify a good thesis statement based on what we’ve talked about so far let’s look at this example I will examine the pros and cons of hybrid cars that use both gasoline and electricity now we just said a good thesis gives subject and direction so does this sentence meet those requirements hopefully you said no this is what we call an announcement you never want to say I will talk about or I will examine so first off no it is not a good thesis statement because it’s written as an announcement so you might say well they want to talk about the pros and cons of hybrid cars okay that use gasoline and electricity so this sounds like subjects but does it give a sense of direction where is this going okay I know what you’re going to talk about but in terms of what.
What else are you going to give me in this essay no you don’t get that from this statement take a look at a second example hybrid cars are more energy efficient than cars with standard gasoline engines now is this a good thesis statement hopefully you said no this can be an opinion or in some cases a statement of fat but it is not a good thesis statement now let’s take a look at the third example hybrid cars that use both gasoline and electricity would decrease our country’s dependence on foreign oil okay so hopefully you said this would make a fairly good thesis statement and let’s take a look at why what will they talk about hybrid cars but they even got more specific and saying ones that use both gasoline and electricity so they’re talking about hybrid cars specifically the ones that use both gasoline and electricity so they narrowed it down a little bit there which is really good why are they talking about this because their position is that these cars would decrease our country’s dependence on foreign oil right.
So it sounds like it could be an argument or persuasion paper right so we have subject what will you talk about specifically and where are you going with this what’s the direction what’s your purpose what’s your position well to discuss how these cars would decrease our country’s dependence on foreign oil so this is why this third example is a good example of a thesis statement one in to show you examples of what some students might try to write but hopefully you understand why statements one and two do not make good thesis statements but example three does because it gives us subject and direction let’s move on so what are the characteristics of a thesis statement based on what we’ve talked about so far what constitutes a good thesis statement well it tells the subject or what the writer will talk about any essay it also suggests the purpose direction position or angle the essay will take so when we say direction we mean purpose your position or your angle and this might not apply to every paper but it will apply depending on what sort of essay you’re doing if you’re doing an argument paper then your thesis will state your position.
If you are trying to persuade someone to go out and vote early then maybe your purpose is that in the persuasion paper to get people to vote early all of that will depend on exactly what type of essay you’re writing it all boils down to the same thing we need to know what you’re going to talk about and where your essay is heading what direction is heading in thirdly the thesis statement suggests how the essay will be organized here are some key points to remember about the visa statement a thesis statement is the controlling idea of your essay it tells what your essay is going to be about the thesis expresses the subject and direction of the essay subject what will you talk about correction how will you talk about it where is this essay headed what can we get out of it once we read it those are all of the things that comprise direction next the thesis is usually written in one sentence that appears as the last line of your introduction.
The main points of the essay can be implied or specifically listed in the visa statement the thesis statement should be as specific as possible it should not create confusion or raise questions for the reader the thesis statement sets up and organizes the body of the essay okay so hopefully this lesson helps you to understand what it these a statement is and how to write your own thesis statement thank you so much for viewing and happy writing.