How to appreciate reading and writing essays

Typically, we write essays to present an argument. That argument is often summarized in the thesis sentence. Then each paragraph of the essay develops a reason that supports the main idea expressed in the thesis.

The way you read an essay is to analyze the effectiveness of the arguments while you read it. You should find a claim in the thesis and numerous reasons for the claim developed in the body paragraphs. The evidence that goes with each reason will either be strong and persuasive or weak and not so persuasive.

Those three things will help you when it comes to writing an essay too:

1. Come up with an argument or claim

2. Come up with supporting reasons

3. Come up with strong evidence

#1 goes in your thesis sentence in the introduction. #2 and #3 go in the paragraphs that follow the thesis.

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