A. PARTS OF A COMPOSITION
The introduction paragraph is the first paragraph of your essay. It introduces the main idea of your essay. A good opening paragraph captures the interest of your reader and tells why your topic is important. To write this paragraph:
1. Write the thesis statement. The main idea of the essay is stated in a single sentence called the thesis statement. You must limit your entire essay to the topic you have introduced in your thesis statement.
2. Provide some background information about your topic. You can use interesting facts, quotations, or definitions of important terms you will use later in the essay.
- SUPPORTING PARAGRAPH Supporting paragraphs make up the main body of your essay. They develop the main idea of your essay. To write a supporting paragraph you should first of all list the points that develop the main idea of your essay. Then you should place each supporting point in its own paragraph. Finally you develop each supporting point with facts, details, and examples.
To connect your supporting paragraphs, you should use special transition words. Transition words link your paragraphs together and make your essay easier to read. Use them at the beginning and end of your paragraphs. Examples of transition words that can help you to link your paragraphs together: For listing different points First
For counter examples
On the other hand
For additional ideas
In addition to
To show cause and effect
As a result of
Like all good paragraphs, each supporting paragraph should have a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a summary sentence.
The summary paragraph comes at the end of your essay after you have finished developing your