Basic Essay and Paragraph Format..

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A basic essay consists of three main parts: introduction, body, and conclusion. Following this format will
help you write and organize an essay. However, flexibility is important. While keeping this basic essay
format in mind, let the topic and specific assignment guide the writing and organization.

PARTS OF AN ESSAY

INTRODUCTION

The introduction guides your reader into the paper by introducing the topic. It should begin with a hook that catches the reader’s interest. This hook could be a quote, an analogy, a question, etc. After getting the reader’s attention, the introduction should give some background information on the topic. The ideas within the introduction should be general enough for the reader to understand the main claim and gradually become more specific to lead into the thesis statement.

THESIS STATEMENT

The thesis statement concisely states the main idea or argument of the essay, sets limits on the topic, and can…

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