| | |WHAT IS AN ESSAY? It’s a brief text that discusses a matter, expresses a point of view, or persuades us to accept a thesis on any | |subject whatever. | | | |WHAT’S A THESIS? A thesis statement is a statement of what your essay is about. | |i.e. ‘Capital punishment should not be reintroduced in Australia’ | |‘Strategies for eradicating starvation in Third World countries’ | |‘Why Australind needs a purpose built track for trail bikes’ |
SAMPLE ESSAY – Capital Punishment Must Not Be Reintroduced in Australia
|INTRODUCTION: | | |General statement |In the USA, thousands of prisoners spend many years living in tiny cells on | |Specific statement |‘death row’ awaiting execution. In Australia, people wonder if we too should be | | |reintroduced. | |Thesis statement |In this essay I will demonstrate why capital punishment must never be | | |re-introduced. | |BODY – Paragraph 1: | | |Topic sentence |My first argument against the death penalty is that not all people who commit the| | |same crime will receive the death penalty and this is unfair. There are very few | |Developing sentence 1 |wealthy people on death row. This is because wealthy people can afford the very | |Supporting sentence 1 |best lawyers to defend themselves and are therefore likely to escape the death | | |penalty. Most death row inmates come from economically poor backgrounds. This is | | |because poor people can’t afford to hire lawyers. They are usually represented by| |Developing sentence 2 |court appointed lawyers have many other people to represent. They don’t always | |Supporting sentence 2 |have the time to prepare all their cases properly, so their clients are more | | |likely to be poorly represented and therefore be given the death penalty. | | |Clearly, it is unjust that a person should lose his life simple because he cannot| | |afford a reasonable defense lawyer, while another man goes free for the same | | |crime merely because he...
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