Once you have determined your thesis statement, you must clarify and support it through research and fine tuning. Through choosing your words wisely, you ensure the subject of your paper, the position it takes and the scope of it are clear. Your thesis should do three things once it is clarified:
The rest of this article shows you how to clarify the focus of your thesis statement using the same example thesis.
Original thesis: Insurance should be affordable, not just accessible, and insurance companies should work with people to help them choose the best plan coverage based on people’s needs.
First, you must decide on your focus and scope. The example thesis is too broad. It covers two areas: health insurance should be affordable and companies should work with people. In this case, you want to decide on one or the other. In addition, you need to specify the type of insurance.
Revised thesis: Health insurance should be affordable, not just accessible.
Second, you want to determine the supporting points for your thesis statement. While you do not want to put every detail into the thesis, you do want to give readers an indication of the main point supporting your position.
Revised thesis: Health insurance should be affordable, not just accessible, so that the people that need it the most can afford it.
Third, you want to get specific with the terms you choose to define, focus and clarify your thesis. Questions you might ask to do this include the following:
After answering those questions, you should be able to get more specific with your focus.
Revised thesis: The government should mandate, through law, that health insurance be both accessible and affordable to people who do not have access to employer-provided insurance and who fall above the income level for government health programs.
Through the process of clarifying your thesis, you narrow down the ideas to present in your paper. You avoid a too simple or too complex thesis, show the main supporting point and identify an exception. All of these things show your readers what to expect in your paper.