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GENERAL PROCEDURE FOR WRITING AN ASSIGNED ESSAY 1. Carefully read your assigned essay topic to determine exactly what it is that you are supposed to be discussing in your paper. 2. Limit your essay topic to a manageable size and formulate an effective thesis statement which is to be the main idea or central focus of your paper. This statement is very often a generalization which prepares readers for the supporting details that follow. 3. Brainstorm for ideas that support your thesis statement. 4. Organize your ideas into an outline, keeping in mind the method or methods of paragraph development (e.g., details, examples, reasons, cause and effect, comparison/contrast, etc.) that you wish to employ. This outline should be constructed in accordance with the standard expository (or argumentative) essay format shown immediately below. SAMPLE FORMAT FOR A TYPICAL EXPOSITORY (OR ARGUMENTATIVE) ESSAY A typical expository (or argumentative) essay consists of three main parts: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. The introduction contains the thesis statement
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2008 for the course USU 1300 taught by Professor Conover during the Spring '06 term at Utah State University.

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