A thesis statement is an argument or a hypothesis, the “main” point of your work; an unproved statement, especially one serving as a premise in a paper or project. The purpose of your project will be to present evidence in support of your thesis. Everything about your project will stem and evolve from your thesis statement.
A strong thesis is...
2. Evolved from your research therefore you have evidence to support it.
Do not force your evidence to support or prove your thesis.
Two Thesis Examples:
Weak Thesis Statement: “This project is about Alice Paul and the women’s suffrage movement.” This thesis statement is weak. *It does not take a position or make an argument. It is too general and not specific.
Strong Thesis Statement: “By taking a non-violent and radical approach, Alice Paul with the National Women’s Party kept the women’s suffrage movement in the public eye, helping to pass of the 19th amendment.” *This example takes a position and provides an argument with which people can either agree or disagree.
Six Steps to Developing a Strong Thesis
Think of a question that you want to answer. The question should be a WHY question. Example: I am curious about why .........
Do preliminary research by reading secondary sources and reading a lot of information.
Refine or reformulate your question based on your preliminary findings. Start looking at primary sources.