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The structure of an essay

Essay Structure
Writing II, Fall 2016
The introduction should introduce your idea and provide context.
The best way to get an audience on your side is to use warrants to
establish common ground.
If you have a challenging warrant in your argument, make sure to
address it.
From the warrants lead into your thesis so that your audience knows the
point before they go any further.
Answer these questions: What is this about? Why am I reading it? What
is the point?
The body of the paper consists of body paragraphs which develop and
support your main point.
You should start with developing ideas which help the audience
understand your main point. For example, you may need to define terms
if you are using technical jargon or using a word in an unusual way.
Each main point should develop and support some part of the main point
without overlapping ideas.
Each main point should be broad enough to develop into a paragraph,
but not so broad that it takes more than eight or so sentences to explain.
Longer papers may take several paragraphs to develop the main points,
so you would need sub points.
Restate your main point in a way that is slightly different from your
Remind your audience why they should consider your ideas.
Close off in a smooth way. Sometimes this requires a little finesse.