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.
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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.