The author has dealt with organizing thinking to create a focused topic statement and to generate three main points about a topic in previous articles. For the essay essay assignment example used in these articles, the general topic statement was developed “A Review of a Current Newspaper Article Discussing Black Officers in the US Military” and the three main points developed in connection with this topic are:
• challenges that black officers face in the U.S. military
• programs in the U.S. military to promote officer candidates from black military personnel
• performance examples of black officers in the U.S. military.
These three points to be made on the topic are listed in order from “strongest point” to “least strong point” (because all are considered “strong” points). How these points were developed based on a sample assignment, and why exactly three Points desirable are described in another article, but using these three points to develop an effective thesis statement is the focus of this article.
When you think of the essay topic organized into a focused topic statement and three main points related to the topic, all data for generating a dissertation statement is available – but why have a dissertation statement? With a concise account of a thesis (a writer’s focused thinking on a topic), an author can communicate clearly and effectively to the reader exactly what points to make on the topic and in what order these points should be presented in the paper.
The following are the author’s criteria for an effective thesis statement:
- communicates what is the general topic of the paper
- presents the three main points to be presented in the paper, with a list of them in the order they will be dealt with in the paper
- uses action verbs to indicate how author will present each point
- is a sentence and is the last sentence of the first paragraph of the paper
In general, a paper is structured in three parts – an introduction, the body, the conclusion. Think of the introduction as one single room section designed for introduce the thesis statement. As the introductory section is intended to introduce the thesis statement, the thesis is expected to be developed prior to the development of the introductory section. Often people build an introductory section before developing an effective thesis statement that indicates less than effective organization of thinking about the paper!
What special example can be developed with the general topic and three main points presented earlier? Start the dissertation statement with a sentence that communicates the general topic of the paper. For example, for the general topic “A Review of a Current Newspaper Article Discussing Black Officers in the U.S. Military,” a phrase that communicates that may be “About Black Officers in the U.S. Military, ….” After that phrase that communicates general topic, use one action verb to introduce the first main point that will be the “least strong” of the strongest generated points.
Why address the least strong point first in an article? In general, a reader is more likely to remember last point addressed in a paper – then make the last point addressed in the paper the strongest point! Previously, the three points used as an example in this article are listed and sorted from “most powerful” to “least powerful”, so “performance examples of black officers in the US military” are least strong point and will be the first most important point addressed in the paper. Now the thesis statement is “As for black officers in the U.S. military, the author presents performance examples of these officers, so ….”
In this example, note the use of the action word “gifts” to describe to the reader what will be done with the first point – and the use of such an action verb signals the reader that a main point follows. Note the use of “then” – this signals to the reader that something else is going on so that the reader may more easily recognize what follows as another point to be addressed in the paper.
To end this example, the other two main points must be added with the “strongest” point last in the thesis statement – like “” Regarding Black Officers in the U.S. military, the author presents performance examples of these officers and then describes programs in the U.S. military to promote black officer candidates, and then explore the challenges still faced by black officers in the U.S. military. “Note the use of the action verbs” describe “and” explore “and notice the use of” and then “communicate effectively to the reader what is performed with each point in the paper and signaling the reader that a new point appears, with the strongest point last listed because it is last processed in the paper.
Side note: Note the parallel structure of the action verbs – presents, describes, explores.
Notice how this thesis statement clearly communicates to the reader what is the general topic, what are the three main points to be made on this topic and in what order the points will be addressed in the paper. This gives the reader an opportunity to develop an initial thought pattern in his or her brain which he or she can then use to build a structured, organized, thought pattern on the topic being presented, increasing the likelihood that the reader will develop it. wanted understanding and easier to remember the topic and the main points.
With this well-structured dissertation statement developed, a person has completed the process of organizing thoughts on a paper and is ready to use the dissertation statement as a guide to developing paragraphs of the paper starting with the development of the introductory paragraph – but the process of Using the thesis statement to develop these paragraphs is a topic for another article.