Checklist for a Thesis Statement

Checklist for a Thesis Statement:

___1. It is just one idea.
___2. It includes your personal opinion.
___3. It makes your position clear.
___4. It is specific enough.
___5. You have evidence to support it.
___6. It is interesting.
___7. It is a complete sentence.
___8. The spelling is correct.
___9. The punctuation is correct.
___10. Capital letters are used correctly.

Video Transcript
Slide 1

Tutor: Now that you have a thesis statement, look at the following checklist to see if your thesis has everything it needs.

1. It is just one idea.
2. It includes your personal opinion.
3. It makes your position clear.
4. It is specific enough.
5. You have evidence to support it.
6. It is interesting.
7. It is a complete sentence.
8. The spelling is correct.
9. The punctuation is correct.
10. Capital letters are used correctly.

Slide 2

Student: OK, I have checked my thesis statement with the list, and it’s OK. But as I start working on the paper, what happens if I want to change the thesis?

Tutor: That’s not a problem! As you develop your ideas, you might want to change your thesis statement. If you do decide to change it, be sure to look again at the checklist.

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