If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.
Your thesis statement might appear in the first paragraph, or the last paragraph, or it might not appear in the essay at all.
I do not mean by a thesis statement something that you necessarily write before writing the essay.
Frederick Crews defines an essay as "a short piece of nonfiction that tries to make a point in an interesting way." What makes it an essay is that it aims to make a point, one point.
This doesn't mean that you can only make one assertion in an essay.
(Translated by Anna Matesh.)Indonesian here.]We will be talking about thesis statements quite a bit this semester.
So let me clarify what I mean by the term "thesis statement." By the way, some of the explanation that follows will be more specific or slightly different from some things you find in your handbook. mean by the term "thesis statement." A thesis statement, as we will be using the term this semester, is not necessarily a sentence that appears in the first paragraph of your essay.
If you are writing about a topic that your readers know very little about, you will write differently than you would if you were writing about a topic about which your readers were well informed.
Some textbooks attempt to break down the kinds of essays into categories like "informative," "persuasive," "expository," or "argumentative." These categories can sometimes be useful in thinking about your essay, but they are always a little artificial.
There is nothing wrong with putting the thesis statement in the first paragraph, if that will help you to get your point across to your readers.
But many excellent essays do not state the thesis statement in the first paragraph.