supporting points in an essay
For standardized tests, students usually have to write a five paragraph essay, which should be 500 to 800 words long and include an introductory paragraph, three supporting paragraphs and a concluding paragraph.
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In the bank failure example, the first sentence relates to the previous sentence through the cause and effect transition “as a result.” The second sentence relates to the first through the echoing of the related words “failed” and “failures.” It also expresses a cause and effect relationship through its subject and verb “the news. . .sent. . . .”
- In an analytical essay, the assertion (topic sentence) of most paragraphs is stated explicitly at or near the beginning of the paragraph. (“Explicit” means open and clear, not hidden.)
- Exception 1: Occasionally, an analytical paragraph will have no topic sentence of its own but will relate to the topic sentence of the paragraph before it. This often happens when the support for an assertion is complicated and requires a whole series of examples or a lot of explanation.
- Exception 2: Occasionally, for dramatic effect, a paragraph will begin with details and build up to a topic sentence at the end.
- In a narrative essay, many paragraphs may have implied assertions. “Implied” means unstated. Readers must infer the points as they read.
Try to limit the amount of sentences dedicated to supporting evidence. If possible, have one sentence rather than two citing a story, anecdote, or example. This may seem difficult, but it is important to provide only the details that are necessary for understanding the main idea of your essay. If you cannot find a way to fit supporting evidence in just one or two sentences, use a different example altogether. There are certain topics that require a lot of room for explanation, so be careful not to choose a topic for your essay that will require too much evidence to support.
A short essay can often prove to be more difficult to write than a longer essay. While in longer essays, you have ample space to explain and clarify all your points, in a shorter essay you might feel like you do not have enough space to make a strong argument. The key to writing a short essay is including only the most pertinent information necessary to make your point.
Does the paper flow smoothly between paragraphs? Transitions at the end of one paragraph or the beginning of the next help the reader understand connections, follow logical development, and navigate through the text.
1. The first sentence usually presents the topic that you will address in the paragraph.
Back to your original question, the Thesis statement itself should state your declaration (the point of your essay) and three supporting points or three reasons why to believe you (each reason being elaborated in your body paragraphs). The second example you gave was the perfect example of a good Thesis statement.
I would like to know whether a good thesis statement should always include a preview of the supporting points to be discussed in the body of the essay or not.