I was wondering if Anyone can help me write a thesis statement for my research paper about the Black plague?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In order to write a good thesis statement, you have to know what your paper is going to say.  You do not start with a thesis statement and then go from there.  So, you are going to need to have some thoughts as to what your paper will say.

Does your paper topic tell you to write about any specific aspect of the Black Death or are you just writing about any aspect of it?  If you have the leeway to write about whatever you want, you might consider some of the following topics:

  • Why the Plague spread so quickly.  You could have a thesis then that would be something like "The Black Death spread as quickly as it did because Europe was becoming richer and trade was more widespread."  In that case, you'd be talking about how something good (prosperity and trade) ended up hurting Europe.
  • What the impacts of the Plague were.  You could have a thesis like "Because of how many people died, seemingly randomly, in the Black Death, people's religious convictions were shaken."

There are other possibilities, but the point is that you have to figure out what your topic will be and then write a statement that briefly tells what you will argue in your paper.

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agrimjain | eNotes Newbie

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thesis is a statement or theory that is put forward or premise to be maintained or proved

to write a thesis for black death we can make a thesis like: how did Black Death affect the Society today?

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readwriteteach | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Writing thesis statements is really, really hard.  The key, though, is that as long as you can take a side, you can write a thesis statement successfully.

Like the previous answerer said, you have to narrow the focus of your topic a little bit.

For a research paper, I would plan on having a working thesis statement, meaning that it might need to shift as you do your research. 

Try starting with a question: Why was the black plague significant?  How did the black plague shape history? etc.

Then, your thesis should provide an answer to the question.

A thesis should have your opinion and then a "so what, " which explains why your opinion is significant or matters.

Depending on what grade you are in, your teacher may want you to provide a "mapping sentence" that lists the two to four items you will prove (at the paragraph level).  Sometimes, this mapping sentence serves as the so what.

A more sophisticated paper will find a commonality between those sub-points or items and use that as the so what.

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