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Thesis Development

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. 
Here are some basic steps to create a thesis statement:

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.