I need help with my paragraphs on my thesis statements and topic sentences.
submitted: Mar 04, 2019 responded: Mar 04, 2019
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Maria Batty (admin)
Thank you for writing to Athena. You didn’t attach a document, so here are some general guidelines.
First, think of (usually) 3 points that support your thesis. For example, “I prefer the beach to the mountains because I like the salt water, sand, and sun.” Or “Faulkner uses character, setting, and symbolism in ‘A Rose for Emily’ to describe the passing of the Old South.” Then each thesis point becomes the topic sentence of its own body paragraph. Use the TEAL acronym on the worksheet to build your body paragraphs: Topic sentence, Example, Analysis, and Lead-in to the next topic.
Assemble your conclusion from what you’ve already written. I usually circle back and write the very first sentences after I’ve worked on the rest of the paper—by then, I’ve thought of something clever or attention grabbing for the opening.
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