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T.E.X.A.S. Chain Paragraph Massacre
Transcript of T.E.X.A.S. Chain Paragraph Massacre
your reader through your argument
breaking things down
Connect the Dots!
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
How to Structure Your Paper
Quotes: Connecting the Dots
NOT the time to analyze or explain
How can you prove your T.S.?
: introduce, quote, explain
summarize + cite
0) If your thesis statement is not at the top of your list of quotes, write it there now.
1) Read through the quotes
Next to each one, write how it proves your thesis
3)Start to jot down notes about what background information each quote would need for the reader to understand the topic
in the paragraph should relate to the T.S.
The T.S. should clearly
connect to your thesis.
Go sentence by sentence and ask yourself, "Does this directly connect to my T.S.?"
Examine your example and answer the following:
1) What does it
2) What is the
3) Why is it
This is when you actually
prove your thesis
. So make sure to
connect the dots
between the evidence and your topic sentence.
Multiple topics per paragraph
Lacks Topic Sentence
Use the last sentence to highlight a key point from the paragraph
Why? It helps guide your reader.
Time to add evidence
Expand on the Topic
Breaking things down
Main Focus of your Paragraph