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AP USA Essay Writing Seven Steps of Essay Writing 1. Read and Analyze the question. What is the question asking? What is the question asking you to do? What type of question is it? 2. Collect and sort the data needed to answer the question. Brainstorm a list of factual information. Create categories for this information. 3. Create your thesis statement. The thesis is your answer to the question. It is the guiding argument of the essay. The thesis must fully address the question, take a position with regard to the question, and provide organizational categories for analysis. 4. Write the introduction to your essay. Begin with a broad statement on the topic. Narrow the paragraph with 2-3 sentences that bring the question into focus. Conclude with the thesis statement. 5. Write the body of the essay. Each paragraph must have a topic sentence. Each paragraph must have evidence, or historical fact. Each paragraph must have analysis, which may be presented as interpretation or commentary. Each paragraph must contain a “clincher” sentence. Each paragraph must contain a transition sentence that directs the reader to the next paragraph. 6. Write the conclusion. The conclusion must reinforce the thesis, not restate it. The conclusion must summarize the main points of the body paragraphs. The conclusion must synthesize the clincher sentences.
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