American Literature Thesis Statements

Use your own words in thesis statements; avoid quoting.

Compare the original thesis (not specific and clear enough) with the revised version (much more specific and clear): The thesis statement should do more than merely announce the topic; it must reveal what position you will take in relation to that topic, how you plan to analyze/evaluate the subject or the issue.

You should provide a thesis early in your essay -- in the introduction, or in longer essays in the second paragraph -- in order to establish your position and give your reader a sense of direction.

Tip: In order to write a successful thesis statement: Your thesis statement should be as clear and specific as possible.

It should present the topic of your paper and also make a comment about your position in relation to the topic.

Your thesis statement should tell your reader what the paper is about and also help guide your writing and keep your argument focused.

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