What is the proper format for writing a paragraph in an essay?
Essay writing is a lot like a math equations. You need to include A, B, and C in the correct order to answer the question. The following needs to be included in order to correctly format an analytical paragraph. 1 - Topic Sentence - This is the starting sentence in your paragraph that tells your reader what the paragraph will be about. It is NOT a thesis statement but should relate to your thesis in some way. It will directly relate to the overall idea of the paragraph. 2 - Quote Introduction - Here you will start jumping into the examples you have that will support your essays claim. You will need to introduce your quote without paraphrasing your quote. 3 - Blended Quote #1 - Now you may add your quote. Make sure it is properly formatted and has your words before the quote in order to anchor it down; i.e. The Author states, "........." 4 - Expand on your quote - This is the most important part of your paragraph. Here you will need to analyze your quote and relate it back to the thesis and topic sentences. DO NOT restate your quote. A general rule of thumb is that your expand portion must be twice as long the quote you have picked and a minimum of 2 sentences. 5/6/7 - Repeat steps 2-4 using a different quote. 8 - Conclusion - For a paragraph you need 1 to 2 sentences that will conclude the main points in your paragraph. It does not need to be a whole paragraph, that will come at the end of your essay, just a few sentences that will connect the main ideas of your paragraph to the thesis of your essay.
How do I compare/contrast different forms of literature?
When comparing different forms of literature, you must first be sure you have read all texts you will be working with. Before you begin your comparisons, looks at the different forms of literature separately. Ask yourself the following questions: "What is this text about?", "What are the main ideas?", "What was the authors intent in writing this piece?". Once you have done this for each text, look at the answers you have compiled side by side and see if you can spot any direct similarities or obvious differences. Does one text talk about life and the other death? Does each text refer to nature? By determining the individual components of each text first, you will be better able to determine their similarities or direct oppositions. From here you can begin your analysis of the texts and formulate your answers.
What is a thesis and how can one be identified?
A thesis, in its simplest form, is a one sentence summary of what your writing is about. A thesis is an arguable point that provokes thought in your reader. Your thesis will help you direct your writing and stay focused, which is a common problem for many ammeter writers. You can identify a thesis by first reading the passage. Typically, you will find a well formed thesis towards the beginning of the text. Once you have read the passage, ask yourself, "What was this text about?" If needed write a 1-2 sentence summary of the text to help focus your thoughts. Once you have a well formed idea of what the article is speaking toward, find a sentence or two in the article/text/novel that mentions the main points of the article. Here you have found your thesis.