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
This exercise can be used to help create a thesis statement for any type of essay with any topic.