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I got stuck writing a simple paper and I'm not even sure if this is a thesis statement. It's sad, yes, but help me out! The essay is about the steps to making macaroni and cheese. It doesnt matter if its a GOOD thesis statement... but I need to know its a thesis statement at all.

THESIS:

Although there are many ways to make macaroni and cheese, my steps are simple and clear ways to prepare something delicious and fun for the whole family.
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Change it to "follow these simple and clear steps to prepare" instead of "my steps are simple and clear ways" -- but yeah, sure. Your thesis statement is that you are going to show how to make good mac & cheese. It's as much a thesis statement as saying you're going to demonstrate how the 10 Amendment can be used as the basis of an argument against federalized health care.
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thanks! and thats not so much a direction as it is a statement??
Im not doubting you, just confirming. It's supposed to be a really basic paper, and I suprisingly havent written anything so basic in a very long time. The paper continues with an anecdote and then extremely descriptive (and fluffly) steps to making the Mac and then a conclusion with the family's satisfaction.

And that works??
It's been a long time since I've had to write academic papers as well, but from what I remember, a "how-to" paper doesn't so much have a thesis/thesis statement as a description of what the result will be.

A thesis statement would be more like "Cooking and eating together as a family has many beneficial results" or "Kids who participate in the preparation family meals are more likely to have a balanced diet."

However, if your paper is supposed to be a how-to paper, then your statement is as good as it could be.

What is cooking? can you write it as a thesis statement. thanks

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