Composing a Thesis

When writing a thesis, it is important to know what the topic of your paper is going to be and what stance you would like to take. A good thesis statement is able to inform a reader on the main topic of the paper and give a quick overview of what they will read. It is important to remember that a thesis sets the mood and tone of the paper.

For example, if I was writing a short opinion paper on whether emissions controls on cars should be held to higher standards, a good thesis might be:

New emission standards for the automotive companies would have a catastrophic effect, causing the already struggling car companies to spend millions of dollars on developing new engine technologies.

Notice that I was able to take a stance on the issue and introduce a topic that supports my argument. It informs my reader that I have a negative stance on the issue and I am going to elaborate on how spending on new technology can cause harm to the automotive companies. Keep in mind that a thesis is considered to be the backbone of the paper and all of the information that follows in the paper should support the topic and argument.

When trying to formulate a thesis it is a good idea to decide on what stance you are going to take with your paper, whether it is positive, negative, for or against.

The next step would be to find relevant information that supports your point of view on the subject and decide which to make main points for your paper. When trying to write a thesis statement it is a good idea to state the position that you have taken and support it with the main points you decided to use. This gives your audience all of the information that they can expect to read in your paper.


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