Starting an Essay :memo:
Starting an Essay
Introductions and Conclusions
Intros should lead into the topic. Start with an interesting point or question.
Be sure to briefly introduce any books and authors you plan to use.
The thesis should be lead into without using the evidence points and should be placed at the end of the intro paragraph.
Conclusions should have no new information and should reiterate the thesis as well as basics from the evidence.
End on a note about what this conclusion says for the future or what a person can consider from it.
What Should Intros and Conclusions Do?
Crafting a Thesis
Consider a question you would like to have answered.
Frame this question as a statement.
Be sure this is broad enough to fit the prompt and find evidence, but exact enough to be proven.
Selecting a Topic
This should be part of the research process, not a first step.
Consider several directions you could take the prompt in.
Select the topic that yields the most useful research and continue the research process.
Finding a Topic
Collecting Evidence Points
2-4 main evidence points will be used with one per paragraph.
Each piece of evidence should answer the question used to make the thesis.
Make connections in these paragraphs, connecting topic sentences with transitions.
Be sure to bring it all back to the thesis. If it does not relate to the main point of your essay, it is not needed in these body paragraphs.
Body Paragraph Analysis