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How to Write a Thesis and Thesis Statement

Updated on October 24, 2012

Building the Thesis Statement

Creating the thesis for a research paper seems to be the hardest step in essay building. Yet, if you can break down the process and purpose of the thesis, you can remove all the anxiety and hassle from the start. Here are some few easy steps and pointers on how to make a good thesis statement... but first, grab a notepad and follow this easy outline towards creating the thesis of your paper.

1) Topic - What is the topic of your paper about? Is it a theory, an analysis or a comparison? Narrow down the subject of your paper to just one explanatory sentence.

Example: Animals and complex human speech.

2) Opionion/View - What is your take on the topic? What will your focus be on or what ideas will you attempt to derive from your research? *This will also be the basis of your thesis sentence.

Example: Animals cannot understand complex speech or sentences, just words.

3) Reasons - What reasons do you have for your take on the subject? Provide the strongest and most credible reason first, then mention another. Try not to pass three reasons, unless they will make up a strong majority of valid points throughout your essay.

Example: The cognitive level of an animal is not high enough to compute complex human sentences. Animal communication is at a very primitive level compared to human speech.

4) Despite - What will contest your thesis? Mention an opposing view, a logical bias, a fallacy, or popular/majority opinion concerning the against-view of your topic to show your depth of the concept and not just a prejudiced view.

Example: Though animals lack articulated language, monkeys are capable of understanding simple or basic speech syntax.

5) Wrap-It-Up - How will you enthrall your reader? Mention something that should get your reader interested in what you have to say to keep them reading on. Tip: Try researching a fun fact, a rare occurrence, spotlight moment or news event, or anything that your readers probably didn't know.

Example: On average cats can understand up to 20 words but dogs, on average, can understand up to 165 words.

Eeek! How do I start?

If you're at a blank page for ideas, start with making the Title Page, and then come back to the thesis.
If you're at a blank page for ideas, start with making the Title Page, and then come back to the thesis.

Making the Thesis!

Now that you have the basic principles for creating the thesis, let's see if we can use what we've gathered to create a paragraph... See if you can find the 5 Tips and the thesis sentence!

Example:

Humans have spent centuries talking to their pets or claiming to communicate with animals, but in reality, animals cannot understand complex speech. Though animals lack articulated language, some animals can understand words. Cats, on average, can understand up to 20 words and dogs can understand up to 165 words. The exception are monkeys, but even these primates are only capable of understanding basic and simple syntax. So despite Fido running from the yard when you yell "Food!", animals lack the higher cognitive levels that are necessary for computing complex sentences. Animal communication is at a very primitive level compared to human speech, and therefore animals don't understand sentences, they understand words.

Breaking it down...

Humans have spent centuries talking to their pets or claiming to communicate with animals, but in reality, (1,2) animals cannot understand complex speech. Though (3) animals lack articulated language, some animals can understand words. (5) Cats, on average, can understand up to 20 words and dogs can understand up to 165 words. The exception are (4) monkeys, but even these primates are only capable of understanding basic and simple syntax. So despite Fido running from the yard when you yell "Food!", (3) animals lack the higher cognitive levels that are necessary for computing complex sentences. --------->Animal communication is at a very primitive level compared to human speech, and therefore animals don't understand sentences, they understand words.<-------- Thesis

I sincerely hope this tutorial helped you, and I wish you luck in your endeavors for writing out your thesis!

Please leave a comment if you felt this guide helped you and... if it didn't. And please, if you have them, leave suggestions on how we can improve this How To Thesis Guide.

Thanks!

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      LG 4 years ago

      You helped make this so much clearer than my Eng 101 instructor/lecturer/guy-that-tells-you-stuff. I'm not going to call him a teacher.

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      HAMDAI 4 years ago

      IT REALLY DID

      THNKS

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      chaima 5 years ago

      thank you a lo t it really helped me

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      sirens007 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Hi Vann,

      Thanks for the comment and suggestion. I apologize for not being specific on what was the thesis. It is the entire sentence: "Animal communication is at a very primitive level compared to human speech, and therefore animals don't understand sentences, they understand words." Basically, a thesis statement should succinctly wrap up what the entire paper will be about or the premise of the paper as you will explain it. A strong thesis statement is one that accomplishes both.

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      Vann 5 years ago

      Thank you for clearing up some questions about the essay. I was not really sure what was my thesis state. I believe this is your the thesis--- and therefore animals don't understand sentences, they understand words. Can you make the thesis statement clearer by high lighting your thesis statement. I rate this as a 10.

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      Victor Kug 5 years ago

      Help i am writing a narrative essay about my self but i cant seem to find a good thesis statement can anyone give me a decent statement that i can use for my essay

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      cris 5 years ago

      this statement can help me much ....... tnx very much??!!!!

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      Marian Grace Padayao 5 years ago

      Please help me for my thesis. Im going to start my chapter to about the deodorant, but i cant see in the internet , its hard for me . :(

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      sirens007 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      J, to answer your question, every paper has a position. The position is WHY you're writing the paper. If you're writing about yourself, then your position maybe biased and you may see yourself in a positive light or be too critical about yourself. Find out where you stand in your paper before you look for a position against it.

      *For anyone else with questions, please give me more details on your assignment and I will try to provide more timely feedback. :-)

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      re 5 years ago

      its helps me a lot..i could express my self very but i'd like to thank you for the useful and interesting tip that you shared., people are classified into two " the man who shares and the man who listen and adapt.

      continue sharing your knowledge :-) thank you

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      Zaid Ali alhabshi 6 years ago

      Thank you very much, it really helped a lot ^___^

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      6 years ago

      What if I'm writing something that doesn't have a position, reason, or despite?

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      kt 6 years ago

      wow that is amazing, thank you!

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      Patrick 7 years ago

      Thank you so much. I have gotten things from my English teacher that weren't even half as helpful. Nice work making this life a little easier for the rest of us.

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      Julia  7 years ago

      Thank you. The break down helped me to do my thesis and the body for my paper. I have been trying to understand it for a week and this explanation has been the most helpful. Great Job.

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      Woolvezx 8 years ago

      Thanks!

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