Common Core Standards - How to Write a Thesis Statement
A thesis statement:
- directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself.
- is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
- makes a claim that others might dispute.
- is usually a single sentence near the beginning of your paper (most often, but not always, at the end of the first paragraph) that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.