How to Write a GREAT Thesis Essay The following outlines the proper format for a 5 paragraph Thesis essay. Work hard at developing a thesis, think critically about your arguments, find specific examples, and you will do well. Paragraph One (Introductory Paragraph) Sentence One: General statement (sometimes called a ‘theme statement’; hints at the thesis; does not say characters’ names or specifics) Sentence Two: Author, title (i.e., Twelfth Night), continue general statement Sentences Three, Four, Five: Harnessing statements (2-4 sentences which allude to the arguments, moving toward the thesis) Sentence Six (maybe Seven) Thesis statement (1-2 sentences, including three specific arguments in the correct order) Paragraph Two (Developing Paragraph #1: Eight Sentences) Topic sentence (argument number one) Example #1 (give a specific incident from the literary work that makes the argument clear) Explanation #1 (explain how the example relates to the argument) Example #2 Explanation #2 Example #3 (note: at least one of these three examples should include a quotation from the literary work as well) Explanation Concluding Sentence (ties the paragraph together; refers back to argument #1) Paragraph Three (Developing Paragraph #2) Like above, only for argument number two. Be sure to use “linking” or “transitional” phrases between paragraphs. Paragraph Four (Developing Paragraph #3) Like above, only for argument number three (the strongest argument). Paragraph Five (Concluding Paragraph) –reverse of Introductory Paragraph Sentence One: Restate the thesis statement (be sure to reword it). Sentences Two, Three, Four: Restate one great example from each developing paragraph. Sentence Five: Restate the general statement. Leave the reader with something to think about. Perhaps this topic could somehow apply to the world in general or to some aspect of humanity. Try not to ask rhetorical questions. ORDER OF ARGUMENTS Put some thought into your order or arguments. Remember that the order in which you mention your arguments in your thesis statement must also be the order in which you deal with them in Developing Paragraphs. Here are some options for choosing the order of your arguments: Option #1: Chronological Deal with the arguments according to the chronological order of your examples. Option #2: Weakest to Strongest Option #3: Second Strongest, Weakest, Strongest This option is usually the prime choice for the grade 9 Thesis Essay. REMEMBER… You must include a Works Cited page which cites your primary source (in this case, your Twelfth Night text). You must cite it properly, using the proper format. Go to “Forms and Documents / Style Guide”. Remember to use “linking words (also known as ‘transitional phrases’) between paragraphs and examples. Avoid the following words: “I”, “you” (use ‘one’ instead of ‘you’). Avoid cliches (phrases that you have heard before or seen before in print). Include a complete Essay outline. Write in present tense (except when providing examples that happened before the literary work begins). Write and rewrite your thesis statement until you are satisfied that it will deal with every aspect of your desired topic. Make sure you follow the following due date guideline, including handing your thesis statement into your teacher.