To arrive at this point, ask yourself what is new, interesting, contestable, or controversial about your topic.
As you work on your thesis, remember to keep the rest of your paper in mind at all times.
You’ll want to read your assignment carefully, looking for key terms that you can use to focus your topic.
After you’ve identified the key words in your topic, the next step is to read about them in several sources, or generate as much information as possible through an analysis of your topic.
Sometimes your thesis needs to evolve as you develop new insights, find new evidence, or take a different approach to your topic.
Once you have a topic, you will have to decide what the main point of your paper will be.
When the opposition offers up the reason that it will violate the rights and needs of a few exceptional students, for religious or psychological reasons etc., rather than debating that point, I do well to simply concede it, qualify my claim to exempt those students, and move on with the debate.
Many papers you write require developing a thesis statement. Ask your instructor if you’re in doubt whether you need one.
Consider that qualifiers can actually permanently settle one or more of the explicit reasons in any given debate.
If we are arguing whether or not freshman should be required to live on the UI campus, we can easily remove opposition by conceding that this rule will not fit all freshmen.