Of course, for the essay itself to be successful, you must now present evidence from the novel that will convince the reader of your interpretation. You change your thesis to look like this: Reducing sugar consumption by elementary school children. First, it fails to take a stand. It does contain at least two clauses, usually an independent clause the opinion and a dependent clause the reasons.
Instead of listing two or three distinct points, a thesis can list one overarching point that all body paragraphs tie into.
For more ideas on how to get started, see our handout on brainstorming. When an assignment asks you to analyze, to interpret, to compare and contrast, to demonstrate cause and effect, or to take a stand on an issue, it is likely that you are being asked to develop a thesis and to support it persuasively.
Finding Your Point of View A good thesis statement is developed from the point of view of the reader. Keep your thesis prominent in your introduction. Hint: a great many clear and engaging thesis statements contain words like because, since, so, although, unless, and however. Formulating a thesis is not the first thing you do after reading an essay assignment.
Always avoid jargon, unless you are confident your audience will be familiar with it.