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The Three Paragraph Essay

Introductory Paragraph
The introductory paragraph includes a summary of the story and a thesis statement. It functions as a kind of mini-outline for the essay. This is where the writer grabs the reader's attention. It tells the reader what the paper is about. The last sentence of this paragraph is usually your thesis statement, and it should move the reader logically to the second paragraph.

Body - second paragraph
This paragraph should include the strongest arguments, most significant examples, and the cleverest illustrations. The subject for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence. This subject should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. The last sentence in this paragraph should include a transition that signals the reader that this is the final major point being made in this essay.

Concluding - third paragraph
The third paragraph is the summary paragraph. It is important to restate the thesis and the supporting ideas in an original and powerful way as this is the last chance the writer has to convince the reader of the validity of the information presented.
This paragraph should include the following:

  •     an allusion to the pattern used in the introductory paragraph,
  •  a restatement of the thesis statement, using some of the original language or language that "echoes" the original language. (The restatement, however, must not be a duplicate thesis statement.)
  • a summary of the main point from the body of the essay.
  • a final statement that gives the reader signals that the discussion has come to an end.

 

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