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Drafting a Preliminary Thesis Statement

Developing & Refining a Thesis Statement

Build on Your Research Question

Consider Your Purpose & Role

Consider Your Readers

Consider Scope


How to Develop a Thesis Statement

Step 3: Consider Your Readers

Megan's Revised Thesis Statement

Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which a person, usually under the age of 35, loses all of their insulin-producing cells and thus must depend on insulin injections for survival. Type 2 diabetes usually affects older Americans and is a disease in which a person is no longer able to efficiently use the insulin their body produces. Although Americans are so far unable to reduce their risk of getting Type 1 diabetes, they can reduce their risk of getting Type 2 diabetes by keeping their weight down, eating healthy foods low in sugar, and getting daily exercise.

The next step in Megan's process was to adapt her thesis statement to the needs and interests of her readers. Because she chose the role of advocate, in which she'd urge her audience to take some kind of action, Megan adapted her thesis statement to her audience. When writing her project document, this will allow her to directly address readers, respect their concerns, and take into account their ability to follow her suggestions.

Note: In the example on the right, see how Megan's thesis statement would change if she decided to change her audience from her classmates to a group of older Americans instead.

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