This means that you cannot include everything you’ve learned about your topic, nor should you go off in several directions.
If you end up covering too many different aspects of a topic, your paper will sprawl and be unconvincing in its argument, and it most likely will not fulfull the assignment requirements.
As you work on your thesis, remember to keep the rest of your paper in mind at all times.
Sometimes your thesis needs to evolve as you develop new insights, find new evidence, or take a different approach to your topic.
After you’ve identified the key words in your topic, the next step is to read about them in several sources, or generate as much information as possible through an analysis of your topic.
Obviously, the more material or knowledge you have, the more possibilities will be available for a strong argument.
Instead of feeling frustrated, I decided to design a fun activity to practice writing thesis statements. Thesis throwdown is a quirky combination of group collaboration, writing practice, funky music, and competition.
Here’s how it works: Step 1: Write an essay prompt on the board.
I vary my questions between informative and argumentative topics.
KQED’s Do Now series is an excellent place to grab writing prompts! I don’t tell them ahead of time who will compete in the actual throwdown because I want everyone to give it 100%.