How Do You Write A Thesis Statement For A Narrative Essay

Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements

Summary:

This resource provides tips for creating a thesis statement and examples of different types of thesis statements.

Contributors: Elyssa Tardiff, Allen Brizee
Last Edited: 2018-01-24 02:29:37

Tips for Writing Your Thesis Statement

1. Determine what kind of paper you are writing:

  • An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.
  • An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.
  • An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.

If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader.

2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.

3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.

4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.

Thesis Statement Examples

Example of an analytical thesis statement:

An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds.

The paper that follows should:

  • Explain the analysis of the college admission process
  • Explain the challenge facing admissions counselors

Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement:

The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers.

The paper that follows should:

  • Explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers

Example of an argumentative thesis statement:

High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.

The paper that follows should:

  • Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college

How to Write a Thesis Statement for a Narrative Essay: As Simple as ABC

Writing a great thesis statement isn’t as hard as some students make it out be. It’s always good to draft a thesis before you start writing, but after you’ve drafted your paper you’ll see that a good thesis practically jumps out at you after you’ve taken all you have just had to say.

A thesis statement is nothing more than statement that tells the reader the position you are taking on a particular topic. It needs to be clear, succinct and draw your reader’s attention. A narrative essay lends itself perfectly for practicing how write a thesis statement. Here’s how to do so as simple as ABC:

  1. Make a point. Although narrative essays tell stories, the story you write should have a clear point. Ask yourself what your essay is about. Try rewriting your answer in the form of a question. Then answer the question in a clearer single statement. This tip works well on a number of different writing assignments but particularly well for narrative essays.
  2. Draft an outline for your narrative essay, putting your thesis statement right on top. Develop the main points you will be discussing in your essay and make sure they relate to your thesis. Now if you see that a main topic you want to cover doesn’t fit your thesis look for ways to change your thesis to be a better fit. Although it is the most important part of your essay, your thesis can always be changed.
  3. Be sure that your thesis is not just a simple statement of fact or a description of a topic. A good thesis takes a specific position or your interpretation of the significance of an idea. For instance, let’s say you’re writing about getting sick on a summer vacation: Writing “I got sick eating chicken for a summer vacation” isn’t a thesis – it’s a description. A better “side” would be “The chicken my brother makes should be deemed a health hazard.” This sentence provides an argument, since your brother or others can disagree, and sets the topic for the rest of your essay.

Narrative essays are often fun assignments that allow students a lot of flexibility. They are aimed to improve your writing skills and command of language. Have a little fun with your thesis. Remember that you should be able to read your thesis out loud and genuinely leave your audience wanting you to finish your story.

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