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Read the following essay questions. Below each essay question is a weak thesis statement written by a student.

First, think about why it is weak and consider how you would improve it. Then, check your understanding against our explanation.


  • A thesis statement is an assertion, not a statement of fact or an observation.
  • A thesis statement takes a stand rather than announcing a subject.
  • A thesis is the main idea, not the title. It must be a complete sentence that explains in some detail what you expect to write about.
  • A thesis statement is narrow, rather than broad. If the thesis statement is sufficiently narrow, it can be fully supported.