How to Write an Essay

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Write your thesis statement, making sure that it responds to and addresses the question, contains the name of the work, and states your specific, “simple” answer to the question.

Start your Introductory Paragraph with something that interests you and will therefore interest your reader. Your intro should talk about the subject of your essay in a “broad” sense and then move toward the specific response to the question that is your thesis statement.

Your intro should include:
* An attention getter (a quote, a discussion of a general topic of importance to all people, a reference to an idea or an incident that we all think about.

* Include the title of the book you will be talking about and the author’s name.

* Give enough information about the story so the reader understands your thesis.

* Your Introductory Paragraph should be at least 6 sentences in length (including your thesis).

* Never use first person (I, You, We, Us, etc.).

* Your thesis will be the very last sentence of your first paragraph.

Introductory Paragraph

Attention Getter:

Chat for at least five sentences:

Thesis Statement: make sure that it responds to and addresses the question, contains the name of the work, and states your specific, “simple” answer to the question

First Body Paragraph
Topic Sentence – a statement of what you will prove in this paragraph that is tied to your thesis statement:

(preparation or transition – prepare the reader for the first quote with information that sets up the quote)

Quotation (document correctly: [“…“ (23).] or indent for quotes over four lines and do not use quotation marks!)

Analyze quote explaining how this quote proves your topic sentence.

Transition or preparation: information that takes your reader to the next quotation or idea. Sometimes you explain another situation of what is now happening in the story that ties into your topic for this paragraph and to your thesis statement...
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