Readers need to be able to see that your paper has one main point.
Their professor might even claim that the paper doesn’t have a thesis when, in the author’s view it clearly does. Linen served as a form of currency in the ancient Mediterranean world, connecting rival empires through circuits of trade.
The economic role of linen raises important questions about how shifting environmental conditions can influence economic relationships and, by extension, political conflicts.
Chapter 1 points to the essay portion of the SAT as a representative artifact of the writing skills that K-12 education imparts.
Some students who have mastered that form, and enjoyed a lot of success from doing so, assume that college writing is simply more of the same.
Your professors will not be impressed by obvious theses, loosely related body paragraphs, and repetitive conclusions.
They want you to undertake an ambitious independent analysis, one that will yield a thesis that is somewhat surprising and challenging to explain.
For example: This is a weak thesis statement because the reader can't decide whether the paper is about marketing on the Internet or web pages.
To revise the thesis, the relationship between the two ideas needs to become clearer.
You have no doubt been drilled on the need for a thesis statement and its proper location at the end of the introduction.
And you also know that all of the key points of the paper should clearly support the central driving thesis.