Monday, January 10, 2011

The Basics: College Essay

The Basics


Intro paragraph—often written last
State background of the case
Lead naturally in to:
Thesis statement towards end (Arguable, Narrow, One-Three Sentences, changeable)

Body Paragraphs—

Supporting Your Thesis

Basic order, a few twists.

When you're getting started: pick your best point and write that paragraph first then your next best until you get to your least persuasive point.

Topic sentence at the top.

Anticipating your opposition

Sandwich quotes

Signal phrases.
Connect/Cite the evidence.
One paragraph, at least should be devoted to making the case against your ideas and then “unmaking” them. Try, Some might argue that… but I argue that…

Keep it short.
Reinforce main point

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