April L.

asked • 02/05/13

What are some tips for coming up with a good thesis for a paper?

I need to come up with a paper, what are some tips for thinking of a thesis?

Elizabeth B.


I teach students to first brainstorm about which examples they think will support their thesis. Making a t-chart is useful for persuasive writing, and mind-mapping with bubbles is good for getting started on a larger topic, such as a novel or a history topic. Once you have your examples, "retrofit" your thesis to fit what you planned to talk about. It may seem odd to start in the middle, but many people find this process helpful. Once you've figured out your argument, make sure to identify how your examples support it. If possible, connect the examples you plan to use to each other; this way they intertwine and support both the thesis and each other.



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