Thesis statements can be tricky.
However, most thesis statements share similar characteristics.
Check the list below to see if your thesis has each of these.
- Makes an argument that a reasonable person could understand
- Identifies specific topics addressed in the rest of the paper
- Explores a connection between the key factors it names
- Gives the reader a good idea about what the paper will be about
- Is a complete, grammatically correct statement
- Is a concise declaration or description
- Is logical and makes sense
- Usually is the last sentence in the introduction
*Adapted from Lisa Baglione’s Thesis Statement Checklist
This is another GREAT handout to help you make your Thesis Statement (Created by Michael Gentry, Tutoring Center Director, BYU Idaho)