Expository essay thesis statement writing tips

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Thesis statement for your expository essay will show what direction you intend to take your essay in. Write a good thesis statement and you make your essay writing a lot easier. Planning will also make your essay writing a lot easier, but before you start your planning you should take a look at a few of the tips on this article and start brainstorming your own ideas.

Write your thesis statement during the planning phase

Ideally, you should research, pick your topic, plan and then pick your thesis statement. Your thesis statement comes nearer the end because you need to do the groundwork first. It is like picking a place to go on holiday, you may check out the rates and review, may book time of work, and may check for prior engagements, and then you pick the place you wish to book. In this analogy, your thesis statement would be the point where you pick a place to book.

You lay out all the groundwork first because your thesis statement is a big part of your essay. If you pick a bad one and have to change it half way through your essay when your research proves your thesis wrong, then it is a lot of work going back and fixing it up.

Do research before you pick your true thesis statement

When it comes to time to pick your thesis statement, you should still be in the planning stage. Once you have picked one you should do a little independent research to see how good it is. Just pull up a few points and try to knock down your thesis statement. If you think you may have trouble defending it then change it a little and adapt it.

If you are having trouble then it may be because you are writing in certainties. You may be writing things such as “I will show” instead of “I will find out if.” Do not forget that your expository essay is more like an investigation and not a persuasive essay. This means that questions are your friends and certainties should be left for the conclusion.

Do not be afraid to change your thesis statement after you have finished

Writing your essay may take you down paths that you were not aware of when you first started writing. It may take a direction you did not account for and may end up giving more weight to certain points than you first realized. All of this is a good reason to go back to your thesis when you are finished and change it a little. Adapt it so that it fits a little better with your essay.

Hyperbole is common but do not expect better marks for a thumping good read

It is true that a professor may give a better grade to an interesting expository essay, but making your work a good read is less important than getting your facts right and doing high quality evaluation and analysis (as well as good research). in other words if you have the choice of bending the truth for a better read or keeping it stale and dry, then the stale and dry option is the one for you.

If you are trying to convey a larger message then call back to it as you go

If your thesis statement makes a rather big or complex point, then call back to it within your essay. Remind people of your thesis in case they have become bogged down in the many details of your essay. You can literally restate the thesis and explain why the details you just gave are relevant to your thesis.

Your thesis does not have to be written for the layperson

The introduction and the opening paragraphs can gently lead the reader into the topic and subject of your essay, but your thesis statement is all business so do not dumb it down or make it long by adding explanations into it. If you are worried about scaring off the lay person then make your introduction very lay person friendly and end it with your thesis statement, or maybe even have your thesis statement as its own entity (give it its own paragraph).

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