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ENGL 015 & 30: Rhetoric and Composition (Berks)

Welcome to the library guide for ENGL 15 & 30 students at Penn State Berks!

Creating Thesis Statements

Thesis Statement Characteristics:

  • A thesis is the main point, or central idea, of the paper.
  • It is a statement in the first paragraph of your paper that puts forth a premise you will try to prove. 
  • Most thesis statements are one sentence. 
  • A thesis is what you will argue in your paper. 

Thesis Checklist:

  • Is your thesis statement one sentence?
  • Is it clear what your position is on the topic?
  • Does it appear early on in the paper?
  • Does it summarize everything in your paper?
  • Is it based on evidence (sources)?

Tutorials & Activities