Students too often put off a written assignment, considering it a chore too formidable to approach until the last minute. As a result, grades inevitably suffer.
Writing is not a talent reserved for a select few, it is a skill that can be learned. Planning and organization are its essentials. With a knowledge of these, the student can through effort and practice improve his writing ability.
Suggested below is a guide to organized writing. Use this outline in writing class assignments, essay tests, and term papers.
1. INTRODUCTION - OPENING PARAGRAPH
a. Begin with a general statement.
b. Narrow it down to the controlling idea (for thesis statement).
2. BODY - THREE DEVELOPING PARAGRAPHS
In each paragraph:
a. Use transitions (repetition of key words and ideas) to connect paragraphs together.
b. Develop the topic sentence with details, definitions, illustrations, comparisons, and contrasts.
c. Conclude the paragraph with a summary of the main idea.
3. CONCLUSION - FINISHING PARAGRAPH
a. Restate the thesis.
b. End with a general statement finalizing the discussion.
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