Let's review what we've learned. A thesis statement is one or two sentences that summarize the essence of your findings and explain what the purpose of your paper is. When someone reads your thesis statement, they should gain a sense of what your paper is about and what, if any, slant or argument you have. You also have to remember that your thesis statement foreshadows the main ideas of your paper, it helps you organize your argument and simultaneously prepares your readers to follow the subsequent structure. And it provides a succinct summary of any particular arguments or points you hope to make through your paper.