For the sample assignment above, both Spain’s neutrality and World War II are topics far too broad to explore in a paper.
You may instead decide to focus on Franco’s role in the diplomatic relationships between the Allies and the Axis, which narrows down what aspects of Spain’s neutrality and World War II you want to discuss, as well as establishes a specific link between those two aspects.
Many papers you write require developing a thesis statement. Ask your instructor if you’re in doubt whether you need one.
In this section you’ll learn what a thesis statement is and how to write one. Your topic is the subject about which you will write.
Before you go too far, however, ask yourself whether your topic is worthy of your efforts.
Try to avoid topics that already have too much written about them (i.e., “eating disorders and body image among adolescent women”) or that simply are not important (i.e. These topics may lead to a thesis that is either dry fact or a weird claim that cannot be supported.
As you read more about Franco’s decisions, you may conclude that Spain’s neutrality in WWII occurred for an entirely personal reason: his desire to preserve his own (and Spain’s) power.
Based on this conclusion, you can then write a trial thesis statement to help you decide what material belongs in your paper.
It also tests the writers understanding of the topic to be discussed.
If the writer cannot summaries the main points in the sentence in a single sentence, then that is a clear indication that the topic is not viable as a discussion.