All essays have the exact same structure. The first paragraph will need to contain the introduction, the next three paragraphs should represent the body of the text, and the final paragraph is supposed to be the conclusion. The number of paragraphs can be larger or smaller, depending on how big your essay should be.
The body can have more paragraphs, and it is up to you to decide how many you need in order to cover the subject. Each paragraph should have solid arguments and you should be able to convince the readers. Don’t forget to offer relevant examples so that you can illustrate your ideas in a better way.
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9. Use concrete information. Concrete information is powerful, is appealing, it is easier to understand, and it sticks in people’s memory. Concrete information includes things like examples, statistics, quotes, facts, and other details. The more sentences that go by without communicating new concrete information or ideas that develop your thesis, the more likely your reader is to get bored.
11. Make sure everything is relevant. Don’t include random facts that are not relevant. Don’t include extra words that you don’t need (“actually”, “very”, “in many ways”, “the fact that”). Don’t include paragraphs that have lots of cool facts if they aren’t related to your central thesis. These slow down your reader and confuse them because they expect to hear content that is related to your theme. After you write a first draft (where you are just trying to get ideas down on paper), see what you can cut out to focus your argument on what matters.
Each paragraph will address one main idea that supports the thesis statement. The first paragraph of the body should put forth your strongest argument to support your thesis. Start the paragraph out by stating the supporting idea. Then follow up with additional sentences that contain supporting information, facts, evidence or examples – as shown in your diagram or outline. The concluding sentence should sum up what you’ve discussed in the paragraph.
The final paragraph of the essay provides the conclusion. This paragraph should should restate your thesis statement using slightly different wording than employed in your introduction. The paragraph should summarize the arguments presented in the body of the essay. The last sentence in the conclusion paragraph should communicate that your essay has come to and end. Your concluding paragraph should communicate to the reader that you’re confident that you’ve proven the idea as set forth in your thesis statement.
Take notes – Summarize the main arguments or ideas in your own words. Note the page number on which you find each piece of information, in order to reference it accurately in your essay. If you plan to cite a particular phrase, sentence, or section from a text in your essay, copy it out accurately and place it in quotation marks.
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