Create a thesis statement that is narrow and concise. One way to create a thesis statement is to think of a question your topic raises and then create a sentence that answers that question. For example, if your topic for literature class is the Modernist movement, you could turn the topic into a question: How does the Modernist movement continue to influence 21st century authors? Develop a one-sentence answer to that question, and this can be the basis for a thesis statement. Be aware that your thesis statement must be narrow enough that you can answer the question in the assigned length of the paper.