An Effective Thesis Statement

An Effective Thesis Statement

How do I write an effective thesis statement?

The thesis statement is the controlling idea of your essay, usually expressed in one sentence and usually appearing toward the end of the introductory paragraph. If you have narrowed your subject, you can begin drafting a tentative thesis statement. The thesis statement has four functions:

  • It limits your subject to a single topic (idea).
  • It asserts something specific and significant about the topic.
  • It conveys (or at least implies) your purpose in writing.
  • It usually names the subdivisions of the topic in the order in which you will discuss them.


The practice of restorative yoga helps a person to relieve the effects of chronic stress by moving the spine in all directions, reversing the effects of gravity, and soothing the internal organs.
Limited topic: the practice of restorative yoga
Assertion: helps a person to relieve the effects of chronic stress
Purpose (implied): to explain
Subdivisions: moving the spine in all directions; reversing the effects of gravity; soothing the internal organs

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