Thesis statement

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The thesis statement tells the reader what the essay will be about, and what point you, the author, will be making. You know what the essay will be about. That was your topic. Now you must look at your outline or diagram and decide what point you will be making. What do the main ideas and supporting ideas that you listed say about your topic?

Your thesis statement will have two parts.

  • The first part states the topic.

    • Kenya’s Culture

    • Building a Model Train Set

    • Public Transportation

  • The second part states the point of the essay.

    • has a rich and varied history

    • takes time and patience

    • can solve some of our city’s most persistent and pressing problems

  • Or in the second part you could simply list the three main ideas you will discuss.

    • has a long history, blends traditions from several other cultures, and provides a rich heritage.

    • requires an investment in time, patience, and materials.

    • helps with traffic congestion, resource management, and the city budget.

The thesis statement is the most important sentence in the essay because it speci? cally states what the essay will be about. In other words, it states the purpose of the essay. Therefore, a thesis statement should include:

  • The topic of the essay.

  • the writer’s position, opinion, or approach to the topic.

  • the main ideas that will develop and support the writer’s position.

Also note the following about the thesis statement:

  • It appears at the end of the introductory paragraph and, in short essays,

  • is usually one sentence long.The main ideas are listed in the same order as they appear in the essay,  which gives the reader a clear preview of what the following paragraphs  will be about.

Example of a thesis statement:

Solar power is improving people’s lives in developing countries by providing ef? cient light safely, linking them to the global mobile community, and increasing their independence.

This thesis statement shows that:

  • “solar power” is the topic of the essay.

  • the writer’s position on this topic is that it is “improving people’s lives in developing countries.”

  • the three main ideas that support the writer’s position are a) it is  “providing ef? cient light safely,” b) it is “linking them to the global  mobile community,” and c) it is “increasing their independence.” Each  main idea will be explained in detail in a separate body paragraph: a) in the ?rst body paragraph, b) in the second, and c) in the third.

It is useful to think of the thesis statement as the writer’s answer to an essay question. Compare the essay question and thesis statement for the essay on  page 5. The thesis statement provides a basic answer to the question, and the remainder of the essay will support this answer in greater detail.


Explain how an alternate form of energy is being used successfully in the world today.

Thesis statement:

Solar power is improving people’s lives in developing countries by providing ef? lient light safely, linking them to the global mobile community, and  increasing their independence.


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