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Provides a "hook" on which you can "hang" your topic sentences. Can (and should) be revised as you further refine your evidence and arguments. New evidence often requires you to change your thesis. Engages the reader in your argument. Tips for Writing a Good Thesis, find a Focus: Choose a thesis that explores an aspect of your topic that is important to you, or that allows you to say something new about your topic.
The jury (i.e., your reader) will expect you, as a good lawyer, to provide evidence to prove your thesis. To prove thesis statements on historical topics, what evidence can an able young lawyer use? If your paper assignment asks you to answer a specific question, turn the question into an assertion and give reasons for your opinion. Assignment: How did domestic labor change between 18? It is. NOT a description or a summary. This is an argument: "This paper argues that the movie JFK is inaccurate in its portrayal of President Kennedy.". This is not an argument: "In this paper, I will describe the portrayal of President Kennedy that is shown in the movie JFK.".