Essay Structure (Body and Conclusion)

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  • 1. E ssay S tructure ( B ody and C onclusion)
  • 2. B asic E ssay S tructure
    • I ntroduction
    • B ody Paragraphs
    • C onclusion
  • 3. B ody
    • T he body paragraphs in an essay should:
    • D evelop your topic
    • P rove your points
    • H ave a pattern (e.g. chronological order,
    • comparison/contrast, or a combination of both)
  • 4. P aragraph S tructure
    • A P aragraph I s:
    • A group of related sentences that discuss one
    • (and usually only one) main idea. A paragraph
    • can be as short as one sentence or as long as
    • ten sentences or more. The length of a
    • paragraph is not important, it should be long
    • enough to develop the main idea clearly.
  • 5. P aragraph S tructure
    • T hree P arts of a P aragraph
    • T opic sentence
    • S upporting sentences
    • C oncluding sentence (if necessary)
  • 6. P aragraph S tructure
    • T opic S entence
    • T opic (states the topic)
    • C ontrolling idea (controls or limits the topic to a specific area)
    • Gold, (topic) a precious metal, is known for two
    • important characteristics . (controlling idea)
  • 7. P aragraph S tructure
    • W riting T opic S entences
    • A topic sentence must be a complete sentence,
    • with a subject and a verb.
    • A topic sentence should neither be too general
    • nor too specific.
    • A topic sentence should not have unrelated
    • controlling ideas.
  • 8. P aragraph S tructure
    • S upporting S entences
    • E xplain or prove the topic sentence
    • A re specific and factual
    • C an be examples, statistics, or quotations
  • 9. P aragraph S tructure
    • C oncluding S entence
    • S ignals the end of the paragraph.
    • L eaves the reader with the most important
    • ideas. It can do this in two ways:
    • B y summarizing the main points of the paragraph.
    • B y repeating the topic sentences in different words.
    • A paragraph doesn’t always need a concluding sentence.
  • 10. C oncluding P aragraph
    • S ignals the end of the essay
    • R eminds your reader of your main
    • points: You can:
      • S ummarize your subtopics.
      • P araphrase your thesis.
    • I t leaves your reader with your final thoughts.
  • 11. C oncluding P aragraph
    • W ays to write a memorable conclusion
    • M ake a prediction
    • S uggest results or consequences.
    • S uggest a solution, make a recommendation.
    • Q uote an authority on the topic.
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