The thesis statement is the opinion you’re going to make a case for in your essay. And you get to spend your entire essay proving that thesis—so it had better be good.
But how do you write a thesis statement? How do you figure out what you want to prove?
You can watch me develop an actual thesis statement here. But here's the headline: Be original. Take an approach that's interesting and unusual. If you're given a topic, put a spin on it based on your own reactions to the text.
If you get to write on whatever you want, try responding to one of your own questions. Pick something you think the text didn't resolve—and then use your thesis statement, and your paper, to resolve it. Either way, thought, remember: You have to be able to prove that thesis. You have to back up your thesis statement with lots of examples from the text.
So what do I mean by "back up your thesis statement"? Check out Step Three: Get Organized.
Here's a rule to remember:
Don't write your thesis statement until you have the facts to back it up.
Here's another rule to remember:
Let those facts write your thesis statement for you.
It's easier than you think. In How to Write an A+ Paper: A Step by Step Guide to Acing Your Next Assignment, I'll show you how I build thesis statements from the ground up.
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Find the complete eight video essay mini-series here.
Also at Recap Resource:
Pick your topic
Focus your presentation
Write your script
Choose your props
Create your graphics
What to do once you're done