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The Shape of an Essay

Introduction
· Interesting hook
· Opening Idea(s)
· Thesis

Body Paragraphs
· Topic sentence
· General explanation or discussion
· Specific evidence - examples, facts, statistics, anecdotes, quotes, testimony
· Wrap up and refocus ideas/Lead to next paragraph(s)

Conclusion
· May restate main point(s) or suggest ideas for further study
· Include no new information
· Avoid "In Summary" or "In Conclusion"

-- Adapted from handout by Instructor Segedy, Chabot College

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