Multiple Paragraph Essay
A. Striking opener or background information
B. Opening remarks
C. Thesis statement
Three or more support paragraphs, each containing
|A. Topic Sentence
||B. Topic Sentence
A. Review main point (do not use exact repetition)
B. Present conclusion, solution, or personal statement
Types of Introductions
The anecdote - an incident of personal
The introductory quotation - an authority is quoted, and the author
then comments upon or takes issue with the given opinion. Or the subject
itself is quoted and used as an example of what the essay will be
The pointedly brief statement - a blunt, affirmative statement of only
a few words.
The introductory analogy - a comparison of things that are otherwise
The rhetorical question - a question you don't want to have answered
What Is Your Point of View?
I, the person writing, am writing in FIRST PERSON.
*First person point of view uses first person pronouns (I, me,
we, us) to speak to the reader from the page.
For personal experience essays, some memos, letters, autobiographies
YOU, the person(s) written to, are writing in SECOND PERSON.
*The intentional use of second person pronouns such as you and your
engages the writer and the reader in a personal conversation.
For letters, memos, some process analysis essays
Using YOU, second person, involves the reader unfairly and
therefore should be avoided in essays which require a first or third
THEY, the person(s) written about, are writing in THIRD
*The use of third person pronouns (he, she, it, they,
them) expresses an objective point of view that puts the emphasis
on the topic (the person, place, thing, or idea written about) rather
than on the person writing the essay.
For expository essays, narratives, descriptions, argumentative essays,
Your conclusion must be related to, must
grow out of, what has come before. It is your last chance to remind your
reader of your main idea and to drive home its importance. It is not the
place to introduce irrelevant or trivial new topics. It is not the place
to worry about counting words. The words of your conclusion are the last
ones your reader will see, and they ought to be good words.
- A thesis statement should be
a statement of your informed opinion about the topic
- a single declarative sentence
- a promise of the tone of the paper
- an indication of the structure of the paper