Expand or condense it according to your particular assignment or the size of your opinion/main idea.
Again, use the Thesis Statement Guide as many times as you like, until you reach a thesis statement and outline that works for you.
Instead of claiming that a book “challenges a genre’s stereotypes,” you might instead argue that some text “provides a more expensive but more ethical solution than X” or “challenges Jim Smith’s observation that ‘[some quote from Smith here]’”.
(Don’t automatically use “challenges a genre’s stereotype” in the hopes of coming up with the “correct” thesis.)A more complicated thesis statement for a paper that asks you to demonstrate your ability engage with someone else’s ideas (rather than simply summarize or react to someone else’s ideas) might follow a formula like this: For a short paper (1-2 pages), the thesis statement is often the first sentence.
What matters is that you have researched your subject, that you have found and engaged meaningfully with peer-reviewed academic sources, and that you are developing an evidence-based claim, rather than summarizing or giving unsupported opinion.
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A good thesis is not merely a factual statement, an observation, a personal opinion or preference, or the question you plan to answer.
(See “Academic Argument: Evidence-based Defense of a Non-obvious Position.”There is nothing magically “correct” about a thesis on challenging a cultural stereotype.
This is meant as a guide only, so we encourage you to revise it in a way that works best for you.
Start your introduction with an interesting "hook" to reel your reader in.