No matter what approach you decide on, always start with a topic sentence that piques the reader’s interest.

No matter what approach you decide on, always start with a topic sentence that piques the reader’s interest..

Many of your writing assignments calls for more than one paragraph. Most will require 3-5 paragraphs, although some could be much longer. How can you organize your opinions and make sure the reader understands your argument in these kinds of papers?

There is a standard structure you can follow to help ensure your thoughts are presented logically and effectively. A essay that is typical consist of the following:

  • An introduction
  • 1 or more body paragraphs
  • A Conclusion

The Introduction

Your paragraph that is first should readers to your subject and catch their attention so that they like to continue reading. Some common approaches to the introduction include:

  • Providing background information (historical, statistical, etc.)
  • Using an anecdote
  • Making a controversial or surprising statement that could be argued for or against
  • Including a quotation from a source that is relevant

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