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Essay Outline

Paragraph 1: Introduction

Start by discussing the topic in a general way


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Start narrowing down what you are going to talk about
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State your thesis statement. This should clearly respond to the prompt, and you can even
use the wording of the prompt.
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Paragraph 2: Body Paragraph

Start with a topic sentence that clearly states the main idea of this paragraph and ties back to your
thesis statement
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Give plenty of details to EXPLAIN the point you are making and how this point relates to your
thesis:
o Examples from your own life or your observations
o Examples from The Gettin Place if you choose
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Paragraph 3: Body Paragraph

Start with a topic sentence that clearly states the main idea of this paragraph and ties back to your
thesis statement
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Give plenty of details to EXPLAIN the point you are making and how this point relates to your
thesis:
o Examples from your own life or your observations
o Examples from The Gettin Place if you choose
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Paragraph 4: Conclusion

Remind the reader what the topic was


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Remind the reader what your thesis statement is


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Conclude with some new insight about the topic or look to the future
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