Online Writing Lab

Thesis Statements - Example

Here is an exercise to help create a thesis statement in 3 simple steps:

Step #1 – Think of a broad subject and then narrow that subject into a more specific topic.   Example – I want to write about the subject of what skills a college student learns in college, and I want to focus on the skill of writing (topic).

Step #2 – Once the topic has been established, create a specific question that relates to the topic:  Why is it important that college students learn how to write well?

Step #3 – Now, create an answer to the question above:  Because writing is a skill that is required in most classes, college students need to learn how to write well in order to succeed academically.  This answer becomes a potential working thesis statement for an essay. 
This exercise can be used to help create a thesis statement for any type of essay with any topic.