Select a topic

April 19, 2019 General Studies

Select a topic:
Be sure the topic is narrow enough to make it manageable within the space of an essay
Write a thesis sentence:
Be sure the thesis statement(or sentence) expresses a controlling idea that is neither too broad nor too specific to be developed effectively
Select a method of development:
Check through all the methods before you finally settle on the one
which will best serve your thesis:
definition | example | compare and contrast |
cause and effect | classification | process analysis
Organize the essay:
Begin by listing the major divisions which the body paragraphs in your essay will discuss; then fill in the primary supports that each body paragraph of the essay will contain
Write topic sentences for the body paragraphs of the essay:
For each body paragraph, furnish a topic sentence that directly relates to the thesis sentence
Write the body paragraphs of the essay:
Each body paragraph should develop the primary support covered in that paragraph’s topic sentence
Furnish a paragraph of introduction:
An introductory paragraph should state the thesis of the essay, introduce the divisions in the body paragraphs of the essay, and gain the interest of the reader
Write a paragraph of conclusion:
Restate the thesis and divisions of the essay
Bring the essay to an appropriate and effective


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