Purpose of thesis statement: One sentence that tells what your paper is going to be about
Two Rules: Answers two questions
What is the issue? Subject and AA
Who does the issue affect? TP
Formula: Subject + Attitude Adjective + Target Populations
Sometimes a thesis is designed to persuade the reader about a particular issue on which there may be disagreement.
Example: Franklin D. Roosevelt did more for this country’s economy than any other President…”
Martin Luther King Jr’s most important characteristic was integrity.
At other times, a thesis and the essay that follows are intended to inform a reader (rather than persuade) about something upon which there is little or no disagreement
Example: FDR, President during the Great Depression, founded a number of new agencies, designed to assist the disadvantaged or unemployed.
Thesis (or claim) refers to a point that the author is making about an issue on which there can be disagreement.