Definition of a thesis statement
A thesis statement briefly and clearly informs the reader what the piece is all about. It sets an expectation of what is to follow. The Oxford dictionary defines it as follows: “an opinion that is discussed in a logical way and presented with evidence in order to prove that it is true.” A strong start gives the piece value and hooks the reader right in.
The verbs below might prove useful.Keep you own updated list.
Constructing an effective statement
A good statement is made up of three parts:
- The topic.
- The point of the essay or three main ideas that will be discussed.
- Your attitude towards the topic.
Some effective examples
- Learning about the fish eagle’s appearance, habitat and diet can be an exciting and rewarding experience.
- Discovering the appearance, habitat, and diet of the fish eagle might just surprise you.
- Environmentalists and birding enthusiasts have spent years observing the fish eagle, its appearance, habitat and prey.
- You can identify the fish eagle by its characteristic appearance and unique call. These winged predators can be found in their natural habitat hunting for prey.
- "Through Mansfield's skilful handling of point of view, characterization, and plot development, Miss Brill comes across as a convincing character who evokes our sympathy." (thesis statement in Miss Brill’s Fragile Fantasy)
- "I think people are disturbed by the discovery that no longer is a small town autonomous--it is a creature of the state and of the Federal Government. We have accepted money for our schools, our libraries, our hospitals, our winter roads. Now we face the inevitable consequence: the benefactor wants to call the turns."(E.B. White, "Letter from the East")
- "It is possible to stop most drug addiction in the United States within a very short time. Simply make all drugs available and sell them at cost."(Gore Vidal, "Drugs")
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