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2. Thesis sentence
3. Line of argument
4. Transition Sentence
Critical: Offers first impression and establishes ones authority. Can be critical or
optimistic about further reading
Thesis: What the essay will prove. Statement of purpose. Must be one sentence
ideally. Must be concise and debatable. Cannot be obvious or easy to agree with
(Factual Thesis Statement – bad). Be as provocative as possible. Must comprise of
key terms that clear and concrete. Should not be open to multiple interpretations.
Prefer concrete words (Tangible experienced) to abstract words (Intangibles –
love/hate). Count concrete vs. abstract nouns in statement to determine if thesis
has is too abstract. Thesis statement should be at the end of the introduction.
Intro Context: General sentence which provides framework, then thesis statement.
Then how it is proved in the essay (line of argument – series of points to bring to
bare the thesis statement). Can be numeric – “First we look at..” ; “Second we see…” ;
use as many arguments as needed to exhaust the thesis statement. Each is one idea.
Argument sequence (flow), it is the obvious principle of order.
Transition Sentence: Bridge guiding reader into main essay. Reminding reader of
first part. Why are you starting this way? Brings reader back to main point/first
point and why you started, one sentence.
Introduction: is a map – birds eye view of what is to be presented, no surprises. To
know exactly what is going on at every stage
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