A thesis statement’s purpose is to ____.
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
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
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
hook the reader into wanting to keep reading the text; the writer uses it to engage the reader
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