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I am trying to develop a thesis statement regarding the Aztec civilization, any help would be appreciated. I have 5 books on Aztec life and social structure. I also have a primary source: a book about the conquest of the Aztecs (told by one of Cortes generals)

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A thesis statement is a statement of what you are proving in your essay . Since you have so much information, you might want to consider one point you want to make. There is such a thing as too much information. Focus in on one topic and find the information...

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A thesis statement is a statement of what you are proving in your essay. Since you have so much information, you might want to consider one point you want to make. There is such a thing as too much information. Focus in on one topic and find the information from all your sources on that topic.
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One of my favorite activities for figuring out a thesis statement is this:

On a piece of paper, make three columns. Label them "Interesting", "Weird" and "Cool". As you reed through the books, fill in the three columns. You will start to see a trend of related ideas. Figure out what the trend has in common and make that the basis of your thesis statement.

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Always think of a thesis statement as the answer to a question, this will help you to streamline your topic. For example, you need a thesis statement for the Aztec civilization, this is too broad a topic for a thesis statement so narrow the focus...

1. The day the Conquistadores arrived in the valley of Mexico was the day the Aztec civilization departed.

2. The power of gold can consume...humanity.

These two examples should give you an idea of what a thesis statement is and how to streamline a broad topic. Look through the books you have I am sure there is a topic that you can develop. good Luck !!!

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My advice would be to choose one or two areas of Aztec Civilization to focus upon. For instance: "The Aztec civilization was one of many innovations and discoveries."

Making such a statement opens the door for you to examine and extrapolate two critical topics: innovations (inventions, etc.) and discoveries (these can be archaeological, anthropological, or other).

Always leave yourself some "wiggle room" within the confines of your thesis -- you don't want it narrowed down too far, or you'll run out of things to write about. Likewise, you'll want your statement to be broad enough to provide you with plenty of fodder, but concise enough to express a single, simple idea that you will develop.

Inasmuch as you are writing about the Aztecs, there should be plenty of innovations and discoveries to help you make this assignment a success.

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