Framing Your Essay

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Framing Your Essay

  1. 1. The Introduction, Conclusion and Thesis Statment<br />Framing Your Essay<br />
  2. 2. General Guidelines<br />Take your reader from general to particular<br />Make your reader interested and intrigued<br />Give her a sense of what your paper will be about<br />Leave him with something to think about<br />
  3. 3. The Introduction DO<br />Move from the general to the particular<br />Include a strong thesis, usually in the last sentence<br />Write more than one sentence<br />
  4. 4. The Introduction: Don’t<br />Write only one sentence<br />Include important examples or evidence from your paper<br />Try to accomplish too much in one paragraph<br />
  5. 5. The Thesis Statement: Do<br />Make it ARGUABLE, not a statement of fact<br />Bad: There are many similarities and differences between apples and oranges<br />Good: A comparison between apples and oranges demonstrates the infinite superiority of oranges.<br />Present your topic confidently, as something you believe to be interesting and useful.<br />
  6. 6. The Thesis Statement: Don’t<br />Put it in the form of a Question. This is a Thesis STATEMENT.<br />Use expressions like “this essay will show”: just get to the point.<br />Try and force your topic into a three part statement. You should abandon the three-part statement with the five-paragraph essay.<br />
  7. 7. Conclusion<br />Do NOT simply repeat intro or thesis<br />Do NOT introduce any new or significant evidence or example for your main argument<br />You MAY leave your readers with a question or some other food for thought.<br />In general, bring your reader back to the framework your started with.<br />

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