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Writing Papers

Students 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. Students can improve their writing abilities through learning about these tools and putting effort into practicing them.

Below is a guide to organized writing. Use this outline in writing class assignments, test essays, and term papers.

Introduction – Opening Paragraph

  • Begin with a general statement.
  • Narrow it down to the controlling idea (for thesis statement).

Body – Three Developing Paragraphs

In each paragraph:

  • Use transitions (repetition of key words and ideas) to connect paragraphs together.
  • Develop the topic sentence with details, definitions, illustrations, comparisons, and contrasts.
  • Conclude the paragraph with a summary of the main idea.

Conclusion – Finishing Paragraph

  • Restate the thesis.
  • End with a general statement finalizing the discussion.