Four Basics of a Good Topic Sentence 1. It has a single main point stated in a sentence. 2. It is something that you can write about in a paragraph; it is not too broad. 3. It is something that you can say something about; it is not a simple fact. 4. It is a confident statement; it is not weak and it does not start with I think, I hope, or In this paper I will. Four Basics of a Good Paragraph 1. It has a topic sentence that includes the main point you want to make. 2. It has detailed examples (support) that show, explain, or prove your main point. 3. It is organized logically, and the ideas are joined together with transitions so that readers can move smoothly from one idea to the next 4. It has a concluding sentence that reminds readers of your main point and makes a statement about it. Four Basics of a Good Support 1. It relates to your topic sentence 2. It tells your readers what they need to know to understand your point. 3. It uses details that show, explain, or prove your main point. 4. The details do not just repeat your main point; they explain it. Material quoted from: Anker, Susan. (2014). Real skills interactive: a guide to writingBedford/St. Martin’s New York: Basics of a Good Thesis Statement 1. It fits the size of the assignment 2. It states a single main point or position about the topic. 3. It is specific 4. It is something you can show, explain, or prove. 5. It is a forceful statement written in confident firm language. Four Basics of a Good Writing 1. It achieves the writer’s purpose. 2. It considers the readers (the audience). 3. It includes a main point. 4. It has details that support the main point. Four Basics of a Good Draft 1. It has a topic sentence and a concluding sentence. 2. The first sentence, often the topic sentence, is indented. 3. The paragraph has complete sentences that start with capital letters. 4. It has details that show, explain, or prove the main point. Four Basics of Revision 1. Take a break from your draft (at least a few hours) 2. Get feedback (comments and suggestions) from someone else. 3. Improve your support, deciding what to add or drop 4. Make sure that your ideas are ordered and connected in a way that readers will understand.
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