Main Claim: The article’s main claim of __________________ is ___________________


Main Claim:

The article’s main claim of __________________ is ___________________

Supporting Key Points:

because ______________, ______________________, and ______________________.


1. Write your introduction and remember that the introduction should provide an overview of your selected reading and end with your thesis statement.


2. Write your body paragraphs and remember that each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence and should contain evidence and your analysis of that evidence.


3. Write your conclusion. Your conclusion should begin with your thesis statement followed by a summary of the main points of your essay. Your conclusion should articulate insights about your claim established through your analysis.

These are comment from the professor on your first draft.

Generally avoid quoting in an introduction.

Points were lost in this rubric area because the claim is not a critical analytical claim. Simply agreeing with the author is not enough. Is the author effective in proving the message of the essay? How? Answering these questions will put you on the right track for the thesis.

Good start. Continue to work on transitioning to smooth out the paragraphs. Check out the following resource that describes effective transitions: 

A basic way of putting it is this: begin the NEW body paragraph where the last one let off. Link the ideas between the paragraphs.

  The paragraphs present a good balance between evidence and analysis. Typically, I advise students to have at least two lines of analysis for each line of quote. You more that meet that standard.

 Still, it’s useful to think about how to use the quotes. I suggest following this example here:  

Note how to prepare the reader for the quote, then quote, then explain the quote and finally connect it to the larger point you want to establish in this paragraph or even the essay at large. In-text citing is used throughout, too. This website uses MLA–but you can modify for APA if you so needed. 


Good start reviewing some of the important areas such as the author’s message, how it was conveyed, who the audience was, and so forth. Basically, those ideas from the writing plan should really come into this paragraph (5th paragraph overall). To bring the conclusion to an exemplary level, try to address your specific audience, the objection(s) it might have, and why this article should matter to it.

  In this last section of the paper, which you did well to begin, think about a personal reflecftion. For instance, if you are going into a certain fielld, how are the skills you learned or honed in writing this essay necessary? Be specific!

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