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Developmental Writing: Thesis Statement

What is a Thesis Statement?

A thesis statement is a sentence (or sentences) that express the main idea of an essay, research paper, report, or speech.

Good thesis statements should:

  • clearly state the objective of the paper, report or speech
  • be very specific
  • be a concise and easy to follow summary of the main point
  • be proved by your research and analysis

Helpful Books

Thesis Statements: Four Steps to a Great Essay

How to Write a Killer Thesis Statement

Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements