Again, use the Thesis Statement Guide as many times as you like, until you reach a thesis statement and outline that works for you. Develop a topic Select a Topic | Develop Research Questions | Identify Keywords | Find Background Information | Refine a Topic Step 2.
The sample PDF in the Media Box above is an example of an outline that a student might create before writing an essay.
In order to organize her thoughts and make sure that she has not forgotten any key points that she wants to address, she creates the outline as a framework for her essay.
The thesis statement model used in this example is a thesis with reasons. Notice that this Assertion is the first reason presented in the thesis statement.
Remember that the thesis statement is a kind of "mapping tool" that helps you organize your ideas, and it helps your reader follow your argument.
In this body paragraph, after the Assertion, include any evidence–a quotation, statistic, data–that supports this first point. Show the reader how this entire paragraph connects back to the thesis statement. The first sentence of the second body paragraph should reflect an even stronger Assertion to support the thesis statement.
Generally, the second point listed in the thesis statement should be developed here.
The added benefit is a system of decimal notation that clearly shows how every level of the outline relates to the larger whole.
Include an opposing viewpoint to your opinion/main idea, if applicable.
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