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2.3 Developing thesis statements

2 min readโ€ขjanuary 26, 2023

Sahithi Morla

Sahithi Morla


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In Topic 2.3, we will cover how to write thesis statements. โœ๏ธ

What is a Thesis Statement?

A thesis statement is the main argument or point that a student makes in an essay. It serves as a roadmap for the essay and guides the reader through the main points and evidence used to support the argument. A thesis statement should be clear and specific, and it should be included in the introduction of the essay. In AP English Language and Composition, students are often required to analyze texts and make arguments about them, so the thesis statement is crucial in demonstrating their understanding of the text and their ability to analyze it.

How to Develop a Thesis Statement

To develop a thesis statement, follow these steps:
  1. Read and analyze the text: Before you can develop a thesis statement, you need to have a thorough understanding of the text you are analyzing. Read the text carefully and take notes on key ideas and themes.
  2. Identify the main idea: Look for the main idea or message that the author is trying to convey. Consider the purpose of the text and the intended audience.
  3. Brainstorm possible thesis statements: Based on your understanding of the text, come up with a few possible thesis statements that express your main idea.
  4. Refine your thesis statement: Choose the thesis statement that is the most clear, specific, and arguable. Make sure that it is a statement and not a question or a fact.
  5. Test your thesis statement: Ask yourself if your thesis statement can be supported by evidence from the text and if it is clear and specific enough.
  6. Revise if necessary: If your thesis statement is not clear or specific enough, or if it is not supported by the text, revise it until it meets these criteria.
Your thesis statement should be the foundation of your essay, so it is important to develop it carefully and thoughtfully. Remember that a thesis statement is not a summary of the text, but an argument that you make about the text, and it should be specific, complex, and nuanced.
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๐Ÿค”Exam Skills
๐Ÿฅ‡Unit 1 โ€“ Claims, Reasoning, & Evidence
๐Ÿ—‚๏ธUnit 2 โ€“ Organizing Information for a Specific Audience
๐Ÿ‘€Unit 3 โ€“ Perspectives & How Arguments Relate
๐Ÿ”šUnit 4 โ€“ How writers develop arguments, intros, & conclusions
๐ŸŽ€Unit 5 โ€“ How a writer brings all parts of an argument together
๐Ÿ‘ฅUnit 6 โ€“ Position, Perspective, & Bias
๐ŸฅŠUnit 7 โ€“ Successful & Unsuccessful Arguments
๐Ÿ˜ŽUnit 8 โ€“ Stylistic Choices
๐Ÿ˜ˆUnit 9 โ€“ Developing a Complex Argument
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