The word "thesis" just sounds intimidating to most students, but a thesis is actually quite simple.
A thesis statement (1) tells the reader what the essay is about and (2) what points you'll be making.
A thesis statement states or outlines what you intend to prove in your essay.
A good thesis statement should be clear, concise, specific, and takes a position.
When you first start writing essays in school, it's not uncommon to have a topic assigned to you.
However, as you progress in grade level, you'll increasingly be given the opportunity to choose the topic of your essays.
An example of an analytical thesis statement: An analysis of the loan application process for citizens of third world countries reveals one major obstacle: applicants must already have money in order to qualify for a loan.
An example of an argumentative (persuasive) thesis statement: Instead of sending tax money overseas to buoy struggling governments and economies, U. residents should be offered tax incentives for donating to companies that provide micro loans directly to the citizens of third world countries.
Creating a diagram or outline allows you to put pen to paper and start organizing your ideas.
Don't worry or agonize over organization at this point, just create a moderately organized format for your information.