What is a Topic Sentence?

  The body of an essay includes many paragraphs that each discuss a new topic to substantiate the essay’s thesis statement (i.e. answer the essay question). Before you start writing a paragraph, it is important to have a topic sentence to unify the paragraph’s content and to ensure the paragraph discusses the topic coherently. A topic sentence is a single sentence that states the main point of a paragraph. It acts like a thesis statement for just that paragraph. It must be presented at the beginning of a paragraph to tell the reader what the topic of the paragraph is and how the paragraph will discuss it. Another important function of a topic sentence is to prove the essay’s thesis statement. It can …

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How to Write an Essay Plan: An Example

Before you start writing your essay, it is important that you plan it. Below is an example of what an essay plan should look like (including explanations and tips), and how much detail it should contain. You can use this as a guide for your essay plans. Essay Question: Was the Russian Revolution a genuine revolution or was it a coup? Word Limit: 2,000 words Introduction (10% of word limit): 200 words Introductions should never be longer than 500 words, so this 10% guide only applies to essays shorter than 5,000 words. To be considered an Introduction, an Introduction must do two things: Answer the question – It was a genuine revolution. This must be done first. An Introduction must …

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