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Research Template: Developing a Thesis

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Developing a Thesis

LLC 1.1B Independently develop, clarify and revise research questions (both essential and subsidiary) in order to create and support a thesis for a research project

Academic Expectations: Critical & Creative Thinking-Exploring and Understanding-The student engages in an investigative process using a variety of research tools and methodologies.


Going From A Topic to a Thesis


  • A thesis is just a fancy way of making a statement of what you believe and why you believe it.
  • When you write a paper, you MUST clearly state your thesis in your introductory paragraph.

A good thesis statement makes the difference between a thoughtful informed essay and a simple retelling of facts or opinions.


Thesis Statement – A thesis is a direct statement that explains:

  1. The topic of your paper(in as few words as possible)
  2. What you want to prove about that topic (without using first person)
  3. Why it is true (at least three points of evidence from research)

Organize your Thesis Statement

Identify topic


Sports in high school




What you want to prove


They have a positive influence



Three points of evidence


  1. Teach social skills
  2. Teach time-management
  3. Provide exercise
  4.  teach benefits of hard work


High school sports have a positive influence on high school students because they teach social skills, reinforce time-management skills, provide exercise and show the benefits of hard work.


Focus Question that you want to answer:



Identify topic





What you want to prove







Three points of evidence