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Strong Thesis Statement (topic statement)
Tells the reader what the topic of the paper is.
Expresses to the reader why it is important.
A strong thesis should be able to answer they why question.
Why are you writing this? Why is it relevant or compelling? Why should you care?
Outlines how you, the writer, plan to proceed with the article.
The introduction usually includes the thesis statement.
The introduction should also be compelling enough to make readers want to continue reading your paper.
Draw the readers in: introductions often start with a compelling story, a puzzle, or a vivid anecdote, or a thought provoking question.
Body of a Paragraph
Make sure to use the same continuous style of language and rhetoric as other paragraphs.
Use a paragraph per topic or thought process. Trying to include too much information into a single paragraph is overwhelming for the reader.
Each paragraph should consist of unity, proper development, coherence, and appropriate transitions.
Transitions within sentences between sentences is essential.
Elements of a Paragraph
STEP 1 WRITE THE TOPIC SENTENCE
Usually the first sentence of the paragraph. This sentence will tell the reader what the remainder of the paragraph will be about.
STEP 2 BRAINSTORM
Come up with ideas to support the topic sentence. Write down any facts, details, or ideas that relate to the topic. This step helps gather all the parts you want to include in the paragraph.
STEP 3 PLAN
Go over the components you came up through your brainstorming step. Eliminate ideas that do not add to the paragraph or distract form the main point.
STEP 4 WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT
Support Sentence 1
This sentence dives into and starts explaining the topic sentence.
Support Sentence 2
The remaining following sentences support the topic and keep expanding on it.
Support Sentence 3
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Concluding Sentence (optional)
This sentence summarizes the main point and often re-states the topic sentence in a similar way.
STEP 5 REVISE AND EDIT
This is the step when you rethink and rewrite. You can add or make corrections. Make sure the paragraph is clear, facts are accurate, enough supporting details, and reads smoothly.
STEP 6 CHECK GRAMMER, SPELLING, & PUNCTUATION
STEP 7 WRITE THE FINAL DRAFT
STEP 8 PROOFREAD YOUR PARAGRAPH
Make sure the paragraph contains unity, development, and coherence.
Anticipate an eloquent transition into the next paragraph.
A Good Conclusion
A good conclusion should provide a bridge to help the reader relate the reading back to themselves.
This is the last time you're able convey any message or direction to your reader.
This is also the time to elaborate on any extra points or issues you wish to address.
Properly cite in text citations and the complete a reference page at the end of your article.
The in text citations and reference page should follow all APA rules and standards.
CITATIONS OF THIS MAP
Introductions. (n.d.). Retrieved November 03, 2016, from http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/introductions/
The Body of Your Paper. (n.d.). Retrieved November 03, 2016, from http://facweb.furman.edu/~moakes/Powerwrite/body.htm