Your introduction should start with a few sentences that bring your reader into the topic and explain why this question matters.
Your introduction should end with a thesis: a sentence that tells your reader what you’re going to try to convince them of by the time they finish reading. A good thesis is arguable. In other words, it:
is narrow and specific enough that you can prove it within the required length
could be disputed by a logical argument
takes a position on a question for which no clear, obvious answer exists
gives a preview of the ideas you ll use to support this thesis
The best thesis statements typically result from writing your entire paper, including the conclusion, setting it aside for at least 24 hours; and then editing what you ve written. It s very common to discover that the conclusion you wrote in the first draft contains an idea which would be a really great thesis.
Your paper should have at least 4 body paragraphs. (This is not a classic 5-paragraph essay.)
Each paragraph should begin with a topic sentence. It should support the topic sentence with specific, detailed evidence. (Much of this evidence may come from your answers to the questions in the Investigation Worksheet.) Finally, it should conclude with a transition sentence which connects the ideas in this paragraph to the ideas in the next paragraph.
Each paragraph should support your thesis and reveal a new aspect of your argument. The best paragraphs will use several primary source documents together to push forward a particular facet of your argument.
Your final paragraph should be well-structured, like the other paragraphs, but it has a different purpose. It should lead from the evidence you’ve presented into a convincing restatement of your thesis. It should remind your reader about the larger reasons that this topic matters. The final sentence should leave a memorable idea in your reader’s mind without using a clich .