You didn't get this far in academe without knowing how to craft a thesis statement this advice isn't for you let me assure you, it probably is as the digital editor of one of my field's top journals — and as someone who is asked to review manuscripts for major academic publishers on a fairly regular basis — i. Think of a strong statement or observation you have made about the subject beginning with the words “in this essay, i will” then ask yourself why this observation is important, or “so what”  answer the question with “i believe this is because” in the draft stage you might phrase a working thesis as. Of your argument and its structure also be sure that you supply adequate transitions, so that the reader can follow your argument with ease the six-step thesis formation method 1 name your focus topic example: the beverly hill's diet 2 ask a question (make sure it's not obvious) about your focused topic. Questions to ask when formulating your thesis normally you will continue to refine your thesis as you revise your argument(s), so your thesis will evolve and gain definition as you obtain a better sense of where your argument is taking you if so, settle on one single focus and then proceed with further development. Then ponder that question and answer it here's how it might go:you: basically, i' m just saying that education was important to douglassfriend: so what the reader, however, does not expect a mystery, but an analytical discussion of your topic in an academic style, with the main argument (thesis) stated up front. I believe a great essay answers two questions: what did you learn (that's your thesis) why is this lesson important (that's your conclusion) students tend to focus on answering the first question, “what did you learn” but many fail to go deeper after that many fail to answer, “so what” and here's the.
As i was working my way through a stack of twenty-six literary analysis papers this weekend (i know – don't ask it's my own fault for letting students in over the enrollment cap), i spent a lot of time thinking about what i and many other english teachers refer to as “the so what question” the so what question. Facts and ideas but wondered “so what” when we reached the end who cares about ideas strung together if there is no given connection to a greater problem or question this is why there are multiple arguments at work in every paper there is the argument defending the claim you made in your thesis. So what makes a good thesis sentence accordingly, if one of your paragraphs seems irrelevant, you have two choices: get rid of the paragraph, or rewrite your thesis so that it is complex enough to the key question to ask is: what must be true about the world in order for this statement to be true.
The last blog discussed the importance of developing an argument and considering the purpose, audience, and genre of your writing in academic writing you must also address the “so what” question the “so what” question is about giving your readers enough information so that they will want to, will feel. The statement or question is a key piece of information within your writing because it describes the parameters of your study your statement should: be specific be appropriate to the type of paper you're writing appear within the first section of your text so that it is immediately clear to your reader what the paper is about. Learn how to write an effective thesis statement with these tips and examples in composition, a thesis statement (or controlling idea) is a sentence in an essay, report, research paper, or speech that identifies the main idea and/or central an effective thesis should answer the reader question, so what.
The “so what” question a thesis statement is usually, but can be more than, one sentence long examples of literary thesis statements: “mark twain's huckleberry finn is a great american novel” what's wrong with this thesis statement an opinion about the book, not an argument “in huckleberry finn, mark twain. This weak thesis restates the question without providing any additional information it does not tell the reader where you are heading a reader of this weak thesis might think “what reasons how are they the same how are they different” ask yourself these same questions and begin to compare northern and southern.