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Contents

Introduction

Drafting a Preliminary Thesis Statement

Developing & Refining a Thesis Statement

Build on Your Research Question

Consider Your Purpose & Role

Consider Your Readers

Consider Scope

 

How to Develop a Thesis Statement

Step 1: Build on Your Research Question and Your Preliminary Thesis Statement

Megan combined her research question and her preliminary thesis statement in order to further clarify her thesis statement as a refined and specific answer to her research question.

Megan's Research Question

What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and how can Americans reduce their risk of getting these diseases?

Megan's Preliminary Thesis Statement

Type 1 diabetes is a disease where a person loses their insulin cells. People with Type 2 diabetes arenít able to use their insulin very well. You can't reduce your risk of Type 1 diabetes but you can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes by eating better and exercising.

Megan's Thesis Statement

Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which a person loses all of their insulin-producing cells and thus must depend on insulin injections for survival. Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which a person is no longer able to efficiently use the insulin their body produces. Although Americans are so far unable to reduce their risk of getting Type 1 diabetes, they can reduce their risk of getting Type 2 diabetes by keeping their weight down, eating healthy foods low in sugar, and getting daily exercise.

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