How to Write a Process Analysis Thesis Statement
Process analysis includes providing detailed information that describes something using a series of steps. Basically, you need to have a good understanding of the main subject so you can write informative and directional information. You explain how something is made or completed in order for the reader to gain an understanding of how something is done. The thesis in this sense is the purpose or main idea that you provide directional and informative content for. When completing your thesis for this type of paper, there are a few tips to keep in mind that may help you during the creative process.
- Research your thesis or main idea and note details needed to help you explain its concept. Some of the details you come across may help you in providing evidence to back up the thesis when you begin working the body of the paper.
- Know the structure of your essay and how it should be presented. You’ll need to present ideas and concepts logically; meaning they should be in order with easy transition from on to another. Understanding this can help you determine how strong your thesis statement is and make your entire paper cohesive with each of its parts.
- Have an outline for your paper created. This can help you keep in mind different steps you’ll need to include to help create your statement.
- Understand the purpose of the statement for this type of paper. It is the central support of the paper. The remaining information should support this statement. The statement itself may be 1 or 2 sentences long. It may prove a point, defend a point a view, or act as proof for the topic chosen. It may state the cause and effect or compare and contrast information. The better your understanding, the more likely you statement will come together easier.
- Make sure you can provide logical details clearly and concisely for your thesis. If you come up with a thesis and feel you may not be able to provide clear direction for the reader, you may need to readjust your thesis or main idea. You should be able to create an illustration for the reader that is easy to comprehend.
- Process analysis may also be reviewed in sample essays. Look for reputable sources that provide sample thesis statements for this type of paper. Educational institutions websites are prime examples.
A thesis statement is one of the most important elements of any successful essay. A thesis statement controls the subject matter of the essay and states something significant to the reader. It is the one statement that summarizes the main point of the essay and states why the essay is important and worth reading. An essay that lacks a strong thesis will be inadequate and often lacking in focus.
The following are qualities of a well-crafted thesis statement:
- A thesis statement should identify a specific purpose, a specific way to accomplish the purpose, and oftentimes a specific audience (depending on the type of essay).
- A thesis statement should assert something about the essay.
- A thesis statement should be easily identifiable by a reader and should be clear and not ambiguous.
- A thesis statement generally comes toward the end of the introduction.
Examples of thesis statements:
"In order to succeed in the classroom, college students need to utilize the resources available to them throughout their academic careers." Notice how this thesis statement includes a specific audience (college students), a specific purpose (success in the classroom) and the specific way this can be accomplished (utilizing available resources).
"The United States government needs to implement a nationalized healthcare system to lower the cost of healthcare and improve the overall health of all citizens." Notice how, much like the above example, this thesis statement also has a specific purpose (lowering the cost of healthcare and improving health) and a specific way to do so (implementing national healthcare). What this thesis does not address, because of the nature of the essay and topic, is a specific audience. A thesis statement for an argument essay does not always address a specific audience since it is written to broader audience with the attempt to persuade others to a specific viewpoint.
Just as the contents of the essay may change during the writing process, so, too, may the thesis statement. It is important to create a thesis statement before writing the paper, but this type of thesis is generally referred to as a working thesis and may change along with the contents of the essay. It is important that a writer uses the thesis to direct the creation of the essay, but it is also important that the writer is open to changing the thesis as necessary.
A reader should be able to easily identify the thesis in any essay. If someone reads your essay and cannot identify where the thesis statement is located, take this as a sign that the thesis is not clear and/or is not as specific or strong as it can be. Make sure that the thesis stands out and can be easily interpreted.
For more information on writing an effective thesis statement, please see the thesis statement exercise.