order you have put your writing in. The last bit is your argument or thesis statement. This tells people what your academic opinion is - you have read all of this material, what do you want us to know about it. There are useful ways to signal your argument that include, this paper argues that or this essay contends that. This lets your reader know that this is your academic argument. Writing the body of your essay. The body of your essay contains a logical sequence of paragraphs that provide explanations, evidence and examples to support your thesis. You need to pick a logical order for presenting your argument. Themes or components of the topic, relationships like cause and effect, sometimes its relevant to use the authors of a topic or the development of a particular research area. Paragraphs also have an internal structure, like a small essay. They have a beginning, middle and an end. You need a topic sentence, this states the key point of the paragraph around which the rest of the paragraph is organised. It is usually the first sentence. Then you need to provide evidence, for example support the key point with literature, images or data. It aims to show critical analysis of the topic. Then you need to write a paragraph summary. This is to link the main idea of the paragraph back to the question, topic or argument. You need to explain the
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