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1 Thesis statements What’s the big idea?

2 A thesis statement is not
a statement of fact. “Chihuahuas are a small breed of dog.”

3 A thesis statement is your essay’s controlling idea. It’s the big idea.
It’s a statement that you need and intend to prove in the essay.

4 First, think of your thesis statement as a debating question:
“Resolved: Dogs make God-awful pets.” Next, drop the “resolved.”

5 “Dogs make God-awful pets.”

6 Then sharpen the thesis.
Add the word “because” or one of its equivalents and finish the thought.

7 “Dogs make God-awful pets –
they require time-consuming TLC, they’re slobbering mess makers, and they cost an arm and a leg to care for.”


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