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Notes on structure

Overall Structure of the Essay:

Intro: attention getting, introduces the issue/problem, ends with thesis
Summaries: 2-4 sentences for each article. The first sentence should always contain the source’s author and title. Summaries should be concise and only cover material relevant to your thesis/argument.
Analysis: comparing and contrasting your sources in the context of your thesis. Break your sources down and discuss how the pieces work alongside each other.
Synthesis: Mentioning favored viewpoints from your sources, formulate your evolved understand of the overall subject.
Conclusion: restate the thesis, discuss the big picture in light of reviewing your sources and synthesizing, leave the reader thinking.

Structuring Your Introduction:
(1) Open the essay with a creative imagining or statement that address the reader.
(2) Move into context of the subject being discussed. This is where you give the reader the status quo.
(3) From the context give your reader a reason to invest in this subject.
(4) Present your thesis.


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