How to Write a Thesis Statement in Four Easy Steps

Everyone knows that a good thesis statement is clear, specific, and focused. It draws the reader’s attention to your topic and announces your perspective on the topic.

But while teachers often tell you what to put in your thesis statement, they don’t always tell you how to write a thesis statement. The four steps below will show you how to write thesis statements quickly and effectively.


1. Restate the idea in the prompt or ask yourself the question the prompt asks.

Example: Should physical education be mandatory?


2. Adopt a position/state your opinion.

Example: Physical education should be mandatory.

3. List three reasons you will use to argue your point.

Example: Helps students stay healthy, think clearly, and learn to cooperate

4. Combine information from 1-3 into one sentence.

Example: Schools should require students to participate in physical education as doing so will keep students healthy, improve school performance, and help students learn to cooperate.

This basic thesis statement formula can be adapted for use in all middle school and high school writing assignments.

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About The Author

Susan Osborn, Ph.D., has spent 30 years in higher education, in admissions at Vassar College, in the English department and Writing Program at Rutgers University, in the lab at The New Jersey Center for Research on Writing, and as a private tutor. Dr. Osborn is also an award-winning writer and scholar and she brings both her education smarts and her writing smarts to every student relationship.