A thesis statement’s purpose is to ____.
hook the reader into wanting to keep reading the text; the writer uses it to engage the reader
give a sense of conclusion to the text; it is a way for the writer to succinctly summarize the main points of his or her essay
introduce the topic of the text; the reader will need to know what the subject of the text is in order to understand what he or she is reading about
provide an anchor for the rest of the text; it is the writer’s main claim about the topic and everything in the text should link back to it
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