This module offers some resources to help make it easier for a beginning college student to understand what is expected from a thesis statement.
This video discusses how to create a strong thesis statement by discussing eight thesis statements, six of which are poor and two of which are strong. All thesis statements are about Harry Potter, but it is not necessary that you know this book/film in order to understand the video.
This item is a good introduction makes writing an essay easy and reading it fun. AND YOU'LL GET A BETTER GRADE, TOO! Afterwards, test yourself with the quiz at http://www.engvid.com/effective-essay-introduction/#quiz. This video clip targets ESL learners, but is good for any beginning college student.
A thesis statement, in essays, is a single line which clarifies the main argument for the rest of the essay. The thesis statement, is usually found at the end of the first paragraph of an essay or similar document, and summarizes the main point and perspective of the writer. Go to this Wikipedia link for more information.
What is a thesis? A thesis statement declares what you believe and what you intend to prove. A good thesis statement makes the difference between a thoughtful research project and a simple retelling of facts. A good tentative thesis will help you focus your search for information. But don't rush!
Harvard College Writing Center. When developing a thesis statement think of yourself as a member of a jury, listening to a lawyer who is presenting an opening argument. You'll want to know very soon whether the lawyer believes the accused to be guilty or not guilty, and how the lawyer plans to convince you.