What is my Point? - Devising a Tentative Thesis
students think they have to wait until all their research is done
to create a thesis. Others believe that they can't begin to write
unless their thesis, or main idea, has been determined and fixed
forever. Early in the writing process it is helpful to create
a tentative thesis, but expect your thesis to change as you learn,
think, and write more.
To create a tentative thesis, you have to assert an idea, an
opinion about your topic. Try completing these two sentences:
- My topic is ____________________________________.
- Although others may not agree, I believe ______________________
about this topic.
In order for the second sentence to be a thesis, it must be debatable.
Who would disagree with your perspective? Why? How would you respond
to these other perspectives?
With these multiple perspectives in mind, restate your belief
- My thesis is ____________________________________.