must be structured if it
is to be effective.
A good essay is structured
like a sandwich:
The introduction should include:
•A hook to catch your reader’s attention.
•Background information about your topic.
•Your thesis statement.
Your thesis statement explains
your central argument. This is the
focal point of your essay.
The body should include several
Each paragraph contains an
argument that supporting your
thesis statement. This argument
is found in the topic sentence of
explain or support
If you use information from
sources directly (by quoting
word for word) or indirectly
(by paraphrasing), you should
be sure to properly cite them
using MLA or APA citations.
Your conclusion should include:
A brief restatement of your thesis to drive home
your argument, and...
A call to action explaining to
your audience what you would
like them to do.
What should your readers do
with the information you have
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