Regardless of what your final product is, after you have chosen your
topic, you need to narrow it into a thesis statement.
The thesis is the central idea of your assignment.
When you construct a thesis statement, you have identified the main
purpose of your assignment. In fact, if you ask yourself - "What
is the main point of this assignment?" - your answer will resemble
your thesis statement.
A strong thesis must be specific and sharply focused.
A thesis statement that is too general may include so many ideas
that it can never be dealt with properly. One way to ensure that
you have a clear and sharply focused thesis is by asking yourself
two questions with respect to your topic:
What about it?
Jaw is a city with a history of Chicago gangsters.
So what? Moose
Jaw's history is very interesting and draws tourists.
of its aggressive promotion of its interesting history, Moose
Jaw has a booming tourist industry.
have participated in many peacekeeping activities.
So what? We
are admired by other nations. Thesis:
as a peace keeping nation has earned her the admiration of many
When you want to make your point
on an issue, remember:
It is important to be able to recognize and to write
a good thesis statement. If your thesis statement is fuzzy, it may
be poorly thought out and may not answer the question "So what?"
THESIS = TOPIC + WHAT ABOUT
IT? + SO WHAT?
In an essay, the thesis
is the last sentence in the introductory paragraph.
Here's how to
construct the rest of your essay.