The Elements of an Essay. The Introduction. Interest catcher/Hook Avoid: Questions (avoid these throughout your essay) Quotations Definitions (your ideas are key) “Imagine,” “Think” Important introductory information Thesis statement. Important introductory information.
What does it do?
Where does it go?
Topic sentence: States what you are going to prove in that paragraph and refers to a thesis point
Elaborate: How does your topic sentence support your overall position?
Specific evidence: Give a quotation that supports your point.
Interpret: What does this quotation mean? How does it support your point?
Conclude: Sum it all up and reference your thesis point.