Establish Your Topic
Write down all the main ideas.
List the subordinate ideas below the main ideas.
Avoid any repetition of ideas.
Writing the essay
2 The introduction begins with a general statement about the topic and ends with a more specific statement of the main idea of your paper. The purpose of the introduction is to:
let the reader know what the topic is.
inform the reader of your point of view.
arouse the reader's curiosity so that he or she will want to read the essay.
3 The body of the paper follows the introduction. It consists of a number of paragraphs in which you develop your ideas in detail.
Limit each paragraph to one main idea.
Prove your points continually by using specific examples and/or quotations.
Use transition words to ensure a smooth flow of ideas from paragraph to paragraph.
4 The conclusion is the last paragraph of the paper. Its purpose is to:
summarize your main points, (leaving out ¡®specific¡¯ examples).
restate the main idea of the paper.
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