Introduction • Does your opening sentence capture the reader’s attention? • Does the rest of your introduction progress toward your thesis and establish context for your thesis? • Does your thesis express one idea with three points?
Body Paragraphs • Does your topic sentence clearly identify one of the three points of your thesis statement? • Does the rest of the paragraph support this point?
Conclusion • Do you refer back to the three points you made in your thesis? • Do you touch upon the broad topics you discussed in your introduction? • Do you leave the reader with your point of view?
Checking for the Hourglass Format • Introduction • Attention? • Establish context for your thesis? • Thesis express one idea with three points? • Body Paragraphs • Topic sentence clearly identify one of the three points? • Paragraph support this point? • Conclusion • Refer back to the three points? • Touch upon the broad topics? • Leave the reader with your point of view?