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lesson bookUNIT 1 — Lesson 1A
Parts of the Introduction

 
 

The Thesis Statement

The thesis statement in an essay is similar to the topic sentence in a paragraph. Both must have a narrow topic with a clear focus or controlling idea and supporting main points. But the essay's thesis statement also has a much broader purpose.

Whereas the topic sentence in an illustrative paragraph introduces the main idea of just that paragraph, the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph introduces the topic and the main points of a whole essay.

A thesis statement:

  • tells the reader the topic of the essay.
    For example: The new fitness centre is an asset to our school because it provides opportunity to swim, weight train, and play squash.
  • lists the points the writer is going to make in the essay.
    For example: The new fitness centre is an asset to our school because it provides opportunity to swim, weight train, and play squash.
  • sets the tone of the essay.
    For example: The new fitness centre is an asset to our school because it provides opportunity to swim, weight train, and play squash.
  • is a narrow topic rather than a broad, general topic.
    Poor example: Fitness Centres are assets.
  • does not use clichéd, over-used, phrases.
    Poor example: This essay will explain the benefits of having our new fitness centre.