How should I start writing about my topic?
When beginning to write a paper, the best first-step is to jot down everything you know about the topic. Dig deep. Don't give up on the surface but take the time to really consider your ideas and knowledge on the topic. Then determine what questions you still have or might have in the future. Gather the information into a rough outline just for you to follow. From here, you want to start doing your research on your topic. As you come up with sources that fit into your outline, jot them down. When you have enough information, then you are ready to write!
How should I view the events that happened in the past, specifically those concerning issues that are very controversial in the current age?
When looking at the past, the reader must always understand that the culture, norms, and beliefs were very different then those that one has today. One must look at these times independently of today's ideas. If one fails to do so, the past will always be shrouded in judgement, and the lessons one can learn will never be discovered. The past is a story of how we came to be where and who we are. For every situation, one must evaluate the period for the period that it was- locate the voices of that period and investigate the atmosphere of the culture to come to a clear vision of what the past events were and how they effected us today.
How should one write a proper thesis statement?
To write a proper thesis statement, the writer must understand that the thesis is an ongoing process. As new research and information come to light, the thesis will adapt to the circumstances. After understanding that, the process is actually quite easy. Identify the main idea of your paper- what are you trying to prove or say? For a research paper, the next step would be to tell how you will prove your argument. If you are writing a novel or other literature, the thesis will focus on what our story will tell the reader.