# 5.1: Outcome: Thesis

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Skills to Develop

• Analyze explicit thesis statements in texts
• Analyze implicit thesis statements in texts
• Analyze strategies for using thesis statements to predict content of texts

## Analyze thesis ideas of texts

Being able to identify the purpose and thesis of a text, while you’re reading it, takes practice. This section will offer you that practice. Figure $$\PageIndex{1}$$

Questioning the text you’re reading is a good place to start. When trying to isolate the thesis, or main idea, of your reading material, consider these questions:

• What is the primary subject of this text?
• Is the author trying to inform me, or persuade me?