Introductions - Essay Parts - Effective Writing Center (EWC) - umuc
There, you've said it. Now comes the third step. "Say that you've said it." A final, wrap-up paragraph should summarize what you said in the second step. End with your thesis statement, but start it with a "therefore." Therefore, the invention of the aqueduct caused the fall of the Roman Empire.
A solid argument is still a solid argument whether it's two pages or 10 pages long. The professor wants to know that you know what you're talking about. Creating four-inch margins and overlooking obvious spelling mistakes will indicate the paper was a rush job, and may arouse suspicion.
Even if there are only the tiniest holes in your argument, the teacher may go back and try to find them. If you give yourself about five hours to go through these steps, you should come away with a pretty decent paper.
Make things work. Again, take chances. Even if a particular passage only dimly supports your argument, use it. Just make sure that you explain how the quot; relates to your point.
Keep in mind that if you had slaved over it for weeks, you probably would get a better grade. However, the grade you do receive may be worth the time you blew off enjoying the first warm weeks of spring, or the late nights you spent in the bar instead of in the library.
The next thing to do is plan to write your paper in three parts. The first is your opening paragraph. That's where you place your thesis statement (either as the first or last sentence.) The rest of the paragraph should be setup; explain your thesis.
Keep in mind that a paper is written to defend a viewpoint. If there weren't multiple viewpoints, there would be no need for argument. A thesis statement: The invention of the aqueduct caused the fall of the Roman Empire.