The Critical Essay

Introduction

Writing Planner Body

Conclusion

Introduce topic & provide a context for the essay Write a General statement about your topic.

Answer the question by developing a discussion

Restate the Main Point

Paragraph one
Topic sentence

Paragraph two
Topic sentence

Paragraph Three
Topic sentence

Relate the essay back to the essay question.

Write down your thesis statement. (State specific topic & outline your position on topic).

Supporting sentences explain or prove the topic sentence. (Use examples, statistics and quotations)

Supporting sentences explain or prove the topic sentence. (Use examples, quotations) statistics and

Supporting sentences explain or prove the topic sentence. (Use examples, statistics and quotations)

Restate the thesis point.

Restate most important evidence supporting the position taken. List the subtopics that will be discussed & give a clear outline of what will follow. Clincher (Summarise the main point of the paragraph) Clincher (Summarise the main point of the paragraph) Clincher (Summarise the main point of the paragraph)

Link: Use concluding Sentence (Para 1) or extra intro sentence (Para 2) Indicate your argument or contention about the topic to ‘draw conclusions’.

Link: Use concluding Sentence (Para 1) or extra intro sentence (Para 2)

Link: Use (Para 2)

concluding

Sentence

(Para 1) or extra intro sentence

Finish strongly with an original and striking statement. Try to end on a note that is both memorable and logical for your reader. This can be achieved by: making a prediction; suggesting results or consequences; suggesting a solution or making a recommendation.

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