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INTRODUCTION. You should start with something related to your topic. Something interesting. Then you move into your thesis. . Your thesis is a point blank sentence telling your reader what your paper is about. Often it has three topics or elements to it. Thesis Examples.

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You should start with something related to your topic. Something


Then you move

into your


Your thesis is a point blank sentence telling your reader what your paper is about. Often it has three topics or elements to it.

Thesis examples
Thesis Examples

  • A thesis should be specific:

    People are selfish


    Human selfishness is seen at its worst during rush hour.

  • A thesis is not an announcement:

    I want to share some thought with you about our space program.


    America's space program is a waste of money.

  • A thesis is not a fact:

    Jane Austin is the author of Pride and Prejudice.


    The novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin has literary merit through her universal theme of love, pride, and prejudice.

Body paragraphs
Body Paragraphs

The topic sentence should reflect

back to the thesis.

Then the statements should be supported with evidence from the literature.

Supporting evidence
Supporting Evidence

  • Calpurnia and Portia share love and loyalty for their husbands. Both of the women cherish their husbands and want what is best for them. Calpurnia has a bad dream regarding the Romans washing their hands in Caesar’s blood. She asks Caesar to stay home in order to keep him safe. Portia worries about her husband’s odd behavior the last few days and tries to convince him to let her help put his mind at ease. These examples clearly show how both women are concerned for their husbands and desire their best. Their personalities and avenues for getting what they want contrasts like vanilla ice cream and hot blackberry pie.

The conclusion
The Conclusion

  • The conclusion should restate the thesis in a new way. Repetition here is not good.

  • There should be a new thought, concluding question, or call to action – if a persuasive essay.

  • This paragraph should be five sentences, just like the other paragraphs.

Conclusion making it fresh
Conclusion: Making it Fresh

  • These women, Portia the strong and logical one and Calpurnia the submissive, emotional wife, show the wide array of women in literature. While they both add additional elements to the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, it is Calpurnia who appears to be the high-strung wife, but in reality has solid advice for Caesar, which he rejects. This play should give men a desire to listen to their wives, realizing they might have more wisdom than they first thought.

Types of essays
Types of Essays

  • Narrative Essay Prompt

    Write a personal narrative recounting a significant event from your life—a conflict or confrontation, a turning point, a rite of passage, a moment of realization.

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Types Cont.

  • Persuasive Essay Prompt

    Suppose the Board of Education for your school is thinking about adding an hour to each school day, so that students can take more subjects and have more time to get help if they need it. Do you think this is a good idea? Use reasons, details, and/or examples to convince readers to agree with your opinion. Write your response in a way that is polite and appropriate for an audience of both student and adult readers.

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Types Cont.

  • Descriptive Essay Prompt

    Suppose you wanted to describe yourself to someone who has never met you. Describe what you look like. You may also describe your character, interests, and feelings. Use details that will help a reader who has never met you picture what you look like and understand what kind of person you are.

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Types Cont.

  • Expository Essay Prompt

    Think about what it takes to be a good friend. Write about the qualities you look for in a good friend, and give reasons explaining why these qualities are important. Write your response in the form of an essay for students your own age.

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Types Cont.

  • Reflective Essay Prompt

    What is your response to the quote by President Reagan, “I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life.”? Write whether or not you agree, why, and give examples.