Develop a Topic Into a Thesis

This tool is meant for students who are working on developing a topic for an essay or research paper. The three screens guide students from a statement of a topic, to asking questions about that topic, and then to framing the answer to those questions as a claim they might make about that topic--a thesis statement.

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What is your topic?

Writing in chemical engineering

What questions will you ask about the topic?

What do graduate students need to know to write well in their field?

What is a possible answer to your question?

I believe that graduate students need to have five kinds of knowledge to write well: genre knowledge, discourse community knowledge, rhetorical knowledge, subject matter knowledge, and writing process knowledge.


The answer (above) is your working thesis statement.

1. What is your topic?


2. What questions will you ask about the topic?



3. What is a possible answer to your question?
Try to phrase your answer in this format in order to make clear the claim you are arguing:
I believe [something is true] because of [these reasons].

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The answer (above) is your working thesis statement.