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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.