What is a Thesis? (Click Here for a comprehensive explanation of a thesis)
- Is typically a one sentence statement.
- Explains your interpretation of history.
- Tells your reader what your paper is going to say.
- Answers a predetermined research question. (See Finding a Research Question)
- Takes a stand on a debatable issue.
Is your thesis strong?
- Ask yourself, did you accomplish the above standards?
- At NHD, the thesis is an easy check for judges to see if you have effectively done your work. Make sure you proved your thesis!
How should I deliver my thesis?
The way you unveil your thesis will differ between category types. Your category type should be determined by the type of research you have uncovered. See Choosing a Category. That said, your thesis should be the focal point of your project-- regardless of the category you are competing in:
- Documentary: In the introduction of your documentary. You could even consider displaying your thesis sentence in the film.
- Exhibit: Centered somehow-- in bigger, bolder, or different colored text.
- Paper: The last sentence in your introductory paragraph.
- Performance: Concealed in the dialog within the first minute of your performance.
- Website: On the home page of your website in bigger, bolder, or different colored text.