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How to: Creating An Academic Essay
Transcript of How to: Creating An Academic Essay
Claim (What you are Trying to prove):_____________
Evidence (Shows your Claim in action: ____________
Warrant (Explain how the evidence proves your
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How to: Writing An Academic Essay
The Thesis Statement
1. Be specific
This is the main source of your argument.
Introductions can be frustrating because:
It has to introduce the
Cannot be too specific...
No Claims. The
is your one and only claim here.
2. Only cover topics in your thesis that you will cover in the body paragraphs.
3. Don't be too broad.*
*This concerns your final thesis only... You can always start with a broad thesis, this can help you get started writing.*
4. Don't get attached to your first one. There is a really good chance it won't stick the first time.
5. Make sure it answers the question,"So what?"
Through its contrasting river and shore scenes,
Twain’s "Huckleberry Finn"
suggests that to find the true expression of American democratic ideals, one must leave “civilized” society
and go back to nature
develops a contrast between life on the river and on the shore.
shows life on the river and on the shore.
This is a start! We need to be more specific. This would be good as a sentence in the beginning of the
, just not the
Better! This thesis is violating
Rules 3 and 5
. This is great to have down and think about while you look through some related scenes. Answer the "So What?"
This is a working
that could net you a 5 page paper! This specific claim allows for you to write a paragraph about American Democratic ideals, one about Civilized society, and one about nature in the 19th century.
UP NEXT: BODY PARAGRAPHS!
-This is a great tool for pre-writing. The reader should not need a sentence like that to understand the purpose of your writing.
Techniques for good intro's lie within!
The Triangle will save you!
Hook the reader with a quote, fact, or general statement right away!
As with all academic work, use a formal voice and formal subject content.
Never flat out state the purpose... "The purpose of this essay is...."
can help all. Think of your
As you move further and further down, the triangle becomes smaller and smaller.
**By the end of the
, your reader should understand what you are
has to exist somewhere in these opening lines. **
REMEMBER THE THESIS CAN ALWAYS CHANGE!
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should be one of the most general
statements in your
. As you move
further down you must get more
specific while slowly introducing
main talking points
Once you feel you have
it is time
Nature of Assignment
A couple steps to have successful body paragraphs:
1. Connect everything. Flow is extremely important!
2. Balance evidence and commentary.
3. Make sure you are on topic and to the point. Do not include something that does not directly relate to the argument you are making!
: Each body paragraph should be unique in making its case to the thesis.
: You do not need to prove your entire thesis in one paragraph. Try to break the thesis into parts and prove each part as you go.
How to structure:
TOPIC SENTENCE begins the paragraph and should in some way introduce the paragraph as well as tie in ideas from the previous paragraph.
After you have introduced the topic, your next sentence should immediately be a
. Think of claims as the small puzzle pieces that make up your thesis.
Once you make a claim, introduce
to prove the claim, this should be a quote, stat, or paraphrase from a credible source.
After your evidence, there should be
on how this furthers your point and supports your thesis
. After sufficient commentary, you make another
. You continue on this path until you feel that the paragraph has done the job of proving a part of your thesis.
You will end the paragraph with a
sentence, this will sum up the argument you just made.
Recap or Summary of above:
1. TOPIC SENTENCE
5. Repeat steps 2-4 until argument is made.
: Essays do not need to be exactly 4 paragraphs!! Use as many paragraphs as you think necessary to prove your thesis!
"The Return of the Triangle"
"A New, 3-Sided Hope"
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The Triangle returns, but this time we will be using the right-side up triangle!!*
*For those of you who are confused about triangles, either hop over to the introduction section or click this dot, for a quick summary!
faith in the
should try to include the following:
1. A linking sentence to the paragraph previous. This is for transition and flow reasons.
2. Summary. Make sure you wrap up your essay in a concise, formal way, that leaves your reader thinking.
3. Re-state do not repeat. If you want to review your topics, find a fresh, new way to say something instead of repeating yourself.
4. Try to convey larger implications for the argument you just made. How does this apply to the reader?
5. There should also be a sentence in here that brings the whole essay together, tying your body paragraphs and thesis statement together.
The Right-Side Up Triangle:
As you move from top to bottom, the triangle gets wider and wider.
should be very
, probably a
sentence that joins it to the
more you write in the
the more general you should get. As
you move through the paragraph, you
need to tie more and more ideas from the
together in a sentence or two.
Lastly, finish this paragraph up by crafting a very
you just made.
Length should be reflective of the essay. *If you have a three paragraph intro, you may have to repeat for conclusion!*
The Triangle Review
The triangles function as a way for a writer to visualize how his/her tone, voice, and content should work together when writing an intro or conclusion
These are extremely helpful when writing intro and conclusion paragraphs.
The conclusion paragraph will be discussed once you leave this circle
This is not the only method for writing these. There are plenty of resources for finding help writing these. Look to:
The idea with the
is that the further you go down the triangle the smaller it gets. Your ideas should get finer and finer as your write more in your intro until you arrive at the thesis.
The Writing Center
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Make sure you initiate some critical thinking in your conclusions!
Go out with a bang, a FORMAL bang that is! Always remember when writing academically, speak formally to your reader.
Well that's it!
Thank you for making it this far!
He started me on this project and it turned into something so much more!
Thanks for the Claim Evidence Warrants! You are the best!
How To Write an Introduction Paragraph
. Dir. Taylor
Swedberg. Perf. Taylor Swedberg. YouTube, 2012. YouTube.
UNC Writing Center. "Thesis Statements." The Writing Center.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, n.d. Web. <http://
Brizee, Allen. "Conclusions." Purdue Owl. Pudue University,
01 Mar. 2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2014. <https://
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