I am writing a term paper for my World Geography class on Latin America and I need help with an opening to my essay.
I really could use some suggestions for a thesis statement or something for the opening paragraph. I have the rest of the paper written already, so all I need is the opening. Well and the closing but I can do that once I have the opening figured out.
It is essentially impossible to know what to say in an opening paragraph or what to use for a thesis statement without more information on what the paper itself is about.
Your opening paragraph should, of course, give your reader the basic idea of what your paper will be about. If you are making an argument, you will need to give the basic thesis in this paragraph. For example, you might say "The political and economic development of Latin America has been influenced most importantly by its colonial past and its proximity to the United States." That would tell what your paper is about (if that's what you are writing about) and would give the basic position that you are going to take.
However, without knowing more about the topic of your paper, we cannot really tell you what to say in your opening paragraph.