Thesis Statements

More than an introduction, a thesis statement focuses your ideas into a few sentences and presents the topic of the paper. It also lets the reader your position on the topic and tells them what it is about. For the writer, it helps keeps you focused on your argument when writing.



The overall purpose of this learning pathway is to learn how to write a solid thesis statement and then begin to defend it. Your goal is to:

  • Learn to identify good thesis statements.
  • Write or refine your thesis statement.
  • Defend your thesis statement using rhetorical strategies.
  • Write the first draft of your essay.