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Writing an academic paper
Elements of a strong thesis statement
Elements of a thesis statement (2014) states that you must have interpretation, precision and surprise.
Interpretation is to explain facts to show importance (Elements of a Thesis Statement, 2014).
Precision is to be specific, you do not want to seem unsure and make your audience doubt you.
Surprise according to Elements of a Thesis Statement (2014) is when you change the readers mind to go along with your thoughts.
Be specific and firm on your stance (Thesis Statement, n.d.), no wavering.
Creating a strong introduction
When I took a speech class they told us we needed to find a way to "hook" the audience or engage them.
This can be done with a story, an example or a question to get them thinking.
Write your entire paper first then write your introduction (Introduction, n.d).
This will help you to formulate the perfect question or comment (hook) to interest your reader.
Elements of a paragraph
According to Driscoll & Brizee (2015) the paragraph should have one idea.
You should have a topic sentence so that the reader can easily tell what the paragraph is about (Driscoll & Brizee, 2015)
Discuss your topic completely before moving on to the next paragraph.
Constructing the body of a paper
You should have body paragraphs that follow the topic sentence you have chosen (The Body of Your Paper (n.d.).
According to The Body of Your Paper (n.d.) you should use the same language as your introduction and do not include too much information in the paragraph.
Everything should flow together nicely so that your paper is easily understood.
What constitutes a good conclusion
Wells & Brizee (2013) state that your conclusion should restate your thesis statement, summarize the main points of your paper and leave the reader with a final impression of your thoughts.
Show how your statements support your ideas and bring everything together (Conclusion, n.d.).
Another good thing to do in your conclusion that I learned in my speech class is to ask your reader to act on something.
Conclusions. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2017, from http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/conclusions/.
Driscoll, D. L., & Brizee, A. (2015, July 07). Welcome to the Purdue OWL. Retrieved January 15, 2017, from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/606/01/.
Elements of a Thesis Statement. (2014, November 23). Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://historyprofessor.org/argument/elements-of-a-thesis-statement/.
Introductions. (n.d.). Retrieved January 15, 2017, from http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/introductions/.
The Body of Your Paper. (n.d.). Retrieved January 15, 2017, from http://facweb.furman.edu/~moakes/Powerwrite/body.htm.
Thesis Statements. (n.d.). Retrieved January 14, 2017, from http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/.
Wells, J. M., & Brizee, A. (2013, March 22). Welcome to Purdue OWL Engagement. Retrieved January 15, 2017, from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/2/2/60/.