4 Introduction Paragraph What are:HookOverview SentencesThesis
5 Topic Sentence (TS)The TS is a sentence that presents the first main idea you will use to prove your thesis. A TS is the first sentence of a body paragraph and includes a subject, commentary words, and an explanation of the commentary words chosen.
7 Practice Body Paragraph Writing Write a Thesis about one theme from the RavineChoose one of the subpointsWrite a topic sentence from your chosen subpoint.
8 Concrete Detail (CD)A CD is a sentence or sentences that present a piece of factual evidence or an example from the text of the literary work or historical text.The CD must be powerful, revealing in some way, and supportive of the TS (and overall thesis). At times, your CD will be a paraphrase of what took place in the text. Your example should be as specific as possible and should almost always include a direct quote.
10 Practice Body Paragraph Writing Write two concrete details supporting your topic sentenceMust relate back to Thesis & Topic Sentence
11 CommentaryA CM is a sentence that voices your perspective, your interpretation, or your evaluation of the CD you selected. Here is where you analyze things like character personality and motive, author technique, significance of events, causes of conflicts, etc.Remember that your CM should always explicitly explain how your CD advances your thesis.
13 Practice Body Paragraph Writing Write two commentary statements for each of your Concrete DetailsDon’t forget to explain how it relates back to the Thesis & Topic sentence.
14 Concluding SentenceWrite a sentence that acts as an insightful mini- conclusion of the argument made in your BP while also serving as a transitional link to the next paragraph. It’s a tough sentence to write, but a powerful and important one when finished. This sentence must be something new and interesting (not just a cop-out repeat) and must be ALL commentary.
16 Practice Body Paragraph Writing Write a concluding sentence to your paragraphDoes it relate back to your paragraph’s topic sentence?Does it transition to your next topic sentence (second subpoint)?Is it all commentary?