There is no fast and hard rule for generating a strong thesis statement.
There are some basic steps you can follow to create an effective working thesis.
- A working thesis is not necessarily the thesis that will make it into your final draft;
- you will often modify your thesis throughout the writing process so that it will more accurately reflect your argument as it develops through research and analysis.
Step 1: State the topic
- developmental psychology
- nature v. nurture
Step 2: State the issue-ask a question about the topic
- Does nature or nurture have the biggest impact on childhood development?
Step 3: Your position + rationale
- Despite a person's genetics, environment has the biggest impact on childhood development.
- Events that happen in childhood can greatly affect a person's later life.
Step 4: Polish and qualify your argument
- add words and details to clarify your logic and position;
- try using a "because" or "although" clause to create a clear logic pattern
Step 5: Final Product!
- Although many researchers have argued that a human being's behavior is more influenced by genetics, clearly the environment in which a child is raised has the largest impact on his/her development.
- Because childhood experiences, arguably, have the greatest impact on later behavior patterns, nature is more influential than nurture in childhood development.