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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 4: Consider the Scope of Your Thesis Statement

Megan's Shorter, But Still Broad, Thesis Statement

Americans should reduce their risks of getting Type 2 diabetes.

Megan's Focused Thesis Statement

Americans should reduce their risks of getting Type 2 diabetes by keeping their weight down, eating healthy foods low in sugar, and getting daily exercise.

Megan knew that she needed to reduce the length and the scope of her thesis statement. Because it was so broad, she would find it difficult to write her project document. She revised her thesis statement so that it helped her define what should be done about diabetes and who should do it.

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