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How to Write a Great Essay in Three Steps I. THINK 1. Select a topic that both pertains to the assignment and interests you. Think about your own life experiences and what you can add to the discussion. Confirm with your instructor. 2. Research your topic. You may start with web sources, but do not rely on their accuracy. Confirm facts with authoritative sources and cite those sources, using the APA citation style. 3. Brainstorm ideas for the body of your essay. Try mind mapping, lists, and writing down random thoughts. Be open to anything at this point. 4. Outline your strongest ideas to serve as your thesis statement and topic statements for your supporting paragraphs. Make a point with your thesis that your essay will support. II. WRITE 1. Write a rough draft. The body of your essay should consist of at least three paragraphs. Each paragraph must have a topic sentence that supports your thesis statement, plus facts that support that topic sentence, based on your research.
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