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1 Three Parts of an Essay: Introduction, Body, Conclusion An essay has three basic parts: an introduction, a body and a conclusion.Each part has a specific purpose.
2 A good introductory paragraph does several things: It tells what your topic and main ideas are (specific)It gives a preview of your essay.It may provide background information.It provides a stance and purpose
3 The Thesis Statement The thesis statement. This sentence is the main idea of the whole essay. You can write the thesis statement by rewriting the main ideaExample:Main idea: I like Comedies.Thesis Statement: Of all the many different kinds of TV shows, comedies are the most popular in the U.S.Main idea: Native AmericansThesis Statement: Native Americans have made many valuable contributions to modern U.S. cultureA computer is necessary for college students for three reasons:Latino culture has enriched North American culture in several areas:
4 Writing Body Paragraphs The BodyWriting Body Paragraphs
5 You can develop body paragraphs by using details and examples Supporting ideaDetails and examplesBurns caloriesLose weightRegular exerciseFeel more relaxedDetails:Muscles that are working burn more fat caloriesYou lose weight and look slimmer and trimmerExamples:Running, bicycling, or some other aerobic activityYou feel rested and ready to go during the day, and you sleep better at night
6 Topic Sentences/Supporting Sentences, and Concluding Sentences Use paragraph transitions…Example: One Way, Another Way, Although, first, in addition, furthermoreEvery good paragraph has a topic sentenceContain a topic and controlling ideaExample: Driving on freeways requires skill and alertnessExample: Driving on freeways requires an aggressive attitudeSupporting sentences explain or prove the topic sentenceProvides the main ideaConcluding Sentences signals the end of the paragraph and links to the next aspectExample: Finally, lastly, in brief, etc….
8 Concluding ParagraphThe last paragraph of your essay is the concluding paragraph. It gives the same information that the introductory paragraph gives, but it is written from a different perspective. Instead of previewing the ideas in your essay, you review them. It restates your thesis statement and sums up your supporting ideas.Your concluding paragraph may be, but it should restate your thesis statement and sum up the three main ideas from your three body paragraphs. You might also include a strong, last impression.
9 OutliningAn essay has three main parts: introduction, body, and conclusionThe introduction consists of two parts: general statements and thesis statementWhat makes up good and effective body paragraphs?Link paragraphsTopic SentencesConcluding/transition sentences
10 Quiz…Together…Immigrants have contributed many delicious foods to U.S. cuisines: Topic SentenceEnglish speakers put on kimonos, a Japanese word. English speakers sit outside on patios, a Spanish word. English speakers enjoy the fragrance of jasmine flowers, a Persian word. English speakers eat yogurt, a French word: Writing a Topic Sentence.In conclusion, we now have more variety of greeting cards to choose from, but they are also becoming very expensive—correct or incorrect concluding sentence?In conclusion, there are many other legends like this one in Hawaii—correct or incorrect concluding sentence?A college education is a good investment—good or bad thesis statement?Lasers have several applications in industry and medicine—good or bad thesis statement?