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The Thesis Assembly Line!

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Nathan Coley

on 14 September 2015

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Transcript of The Thesis Assembly Line!

What is a thesis, and why are thesis statements necessary?
Beware the Thesis!

Welcome to the Thesis Assembly Line!
The Dreaded Thesis statement!

There's no question that writing the thesis statement is one of the more daunting parts of the writing process. Why is this the case? Why do writers often cringe at the thought of coming up with a thesis?
In simple terms, a thesis statement summarizes the main idea behind your essay. It might also be called the "pure extract" of your essay. If your essay had to be crunched and condensed into a single statement, you might called that statement your "Thesis." If you were only permitted to share one sentence from your essay, you would want to share the thesis.

What this means is that thesis statements must be about specific, focused ideas. No writer starts out with a perfectly formed thesis. All these statements are born from broad topics.
Start big, but think small! Approach your essay from a
subject
. Then work your way down to a
topic
, and then work your way to a
thesis
.
Subjects, Topics, and Thesis Statements
Writers will often start out with a broad subject such as "technology". Since so many things could be said about technology, however, the writer must bring even more focus to the subject. The writer might narrow things down to "Tablet computers." That's closer to essay level material, but this "topic" is still too broad. At this point, the writer must craft an actual thesis: a focused statement about the topic that demonstrates the main idea of the essay. Thesis statements have two necessary components: a major claim, as well as supporting reasons for the claim.
In this case, a good thesis statement might look something like this: iPads are preferable to the Samsung Galaxy because they are made with a sturdier frame, they use a more intuitive operating system, they are less "buggy," and they have access to a much larger APP store.

Notice that the original claim was: iPads are preferable to the Samsung Galaxy. That's half the thesis. The second half lists the reasons (which will become the sections and paragraphs of your essay) that support the main claim.
If your thesis statement contains these necessary components, and if you write your essay according to this thesis, you will produce clear, focused writing!
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