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How do you write a thesis for an essay?

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cjupin06 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 15, 2013 at 12:48 AM via web

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How do you write a thesis for an essay?

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lovestoteach | Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 15, 2013 at 4:20 AM (Answer #1)

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A thesis for an essay tells the reader what to expect from your paper. In other words, it is a statement or argument that you make at the  beginning of your essay. You then use the rest of the essay to prove or explain your thesis.

I am not sure what you mean by "get" a thesis for an essay, but
you would select a thesis by determining what you are going to prove. Whatever argument you wish to make in your essay becomes your thesis.

In short, when you choose a thesis, you take a position on a subject; and then you spend the rest of the essay defending or proving
that position.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 15, 2013 at 6:29 AM (Answer #2)

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A thesis statement should be a short but complete statement that describes what you will talk about in your essay.

A thesis is a statement that tells the reader what you are writing about.  If you have a prompt that you are answering, you need to make sure to address it in the thesis statement.

A good thesis statement is going to specifically and completely address the content of the essay.  For example, if you are asked to describe a theme for a book in an essay, your thesis would include the title of the book and the theme you are describing.

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