Students who choose to write 3-point theses should perform the majority of their research before resolving it into three solid categories through which to support the thesis's idea. After conducting the research, students should clearly identify their own conclusions and then choose the three aspects of the research that best support those conclusions. Next, they should write working thesis statements that incorporate each of those three points. In writing the body of the 3-point thesis, then, a student should discuss each point in turn and should only use research that clearly relates to that point; however, he or she should not exclude relevant sources that disagree with the thesis's idea but should rather introduce those sources and explain why their premises do not undermine the thesis's idea. This strategy shows that the writer has carefully considered opposing positions but still believes his or her own position to be the most valid.
1 Historical review: Some topics are better understood if a brief historical review of the topic is presented to lead into the discussion of the moment. Such topics might include "a biographical sketch of a war hero," "an upcoming execution of a convicted criminal," or "drugs and the younger generation." Obviously there are many, many more topics that could be introduced by reviewing the history of the topic before the writer gets down to the nitty gritty of his paper. It is important that the historical review be brief so that it does not take over the paper.