This is a 5 page (not including the cover page) step-by-step guide to creating a thesis statement, starting with evidence from the source (or sources, if the teacher chooses to allow or requires students to use more than one source). After gathering evidence, this handout then details for the students how to work backward from the evidence toward a thesis statement. There is a sample assignment included to guide students through this process and even a sample essay to show what the finished product looks like when using this process. This method for developing a thesis can be used for five paragraph essays as well as much longer research papers. Feedback is appreciated. Thank you!