- Gets your point across quickly.
- Avoids writing and reading fatigue from building up background and support from scratch.
- Allows you to begin with the end in mind--everything after the introductory paragraph should support your thesis.
Your introductory paragraph and thesis statement:
1. Starts Simply – It should be written both clearly and concisely for a wide range of people who will read it. You are neither speaking down to someone who is uneducated, nor are you talking up to a person trying to impress them. The best way to write the introduction is to do this as if you were speaking to someone in person. A thesis statement is an introduction to your ideas.
2. Tells Why the Topic is Meaningful - You should explain why this idea is meaningful or important to you. Why did you spend the time researching and creating a presentation about this topic and issue?
3. Tells How It Impacts Readers – Explain to the reader or audience how the topic or issue should be important or meaningful to them as well.
If you have an idea or concept in a paragraph you think is important that does not fit, the paragraph or thesis statement needs to be revised.
If you discover new information in the process of writing that should be included in the thesis statement, then the thesis statement should be revised.
If you discover the essay is complete with a strong beginning, supporting middle, and satisfying conclusion, but the thesis includes ideas you haven’t addressed, then changing the thesis statement so it agrees with your conclusions is a wise move.
A strong thesis statement takes time and thought--one tool students in high school and college use is a thesis generator, which asks questions in sequence to help focus writers who lack experience or confidence.