b. FOCUS into answering the question; you should also mention the literature and/or other materials and situations you will be referring to here. You may use a phrase such as: “In life, as in literature, people . . .” Follow this statement with the introduction of the materials you will be discussing in your essay. Do not talk about yourself or your experience yet because you want to build a bridge of common knowledge with your readers first. c. CONTROLLING IDEA/THESIS STATEMENT: This is where you answer the question being asked. You answer what is conveyed about people and set up what you will explain/support/prove in your body paragraphs. (You can have one point supported by all paragraphs, or one for each paragraph – the choice is yours: look at your examples and what they will support before writing your thesis.)
BODY PARAGRAPHS (please note that c and d are reversible; order does not matter, as long as both are present. Likewise, you may choose to have one paragraph deal with the text entirely and then your second paragraph would explain/develop your personal connection to the text) (Minimum 2 paragraphs)
TOPIC SENTENCE: a general statement; the point from the thesis you will be addressing/supporting/proving in this paragraph.
b. EXPLAIN more about the paragraph topic in your own words. c. PERSONAL ANECDOTE: Give an example from your own life, or from...