A thesis expresses the main idea/point for the entire paper. It often contains the subject to be addressed along with the writer’s attitude. It is generally the last sentence of the introductory paragraph.
In Sunday’s editorial, Jim Olsen ineffectively argues that Wal-Mart destroys the entrepreneurial movement in small towns.
Subject of the analysis: Sunday’s editorial by Olsen
Writer’s opinion about the article: Olsen ineffectively makes his argument
Plan Your Work–The Outline
For our purposes the outline should use roman numerals. A blank outline has been provided within the files section.
I. Introduction: introduce the subject, briefly summarize the article, transition to the thesis
II. Point that Proves Thesis: provide specific details that illustrate your point
III. Point 2 that Proves Thesis: provide specific details that illustrate your point
IV. Conclusion: restate the thesis and make final comments to prove your point