“Race in America” Essay General Guidelines & Approaching the Assignment Essay Structure
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“Race in America” Essay Essay Structure Introduction: hook + transition + thesis + method Conclusion: essay summary + significance (so what?) Building Your Thesis & Method THESIS: Present a clear, decisive, connotatively rich statement that SYNTHESIZES the pieces. You are not analyzing or evaluating the pieces separately; you are bringing them together to build a common statement about them. METHOD: Determine the 3 topics you will discuss in order to prove your thesis. Body Thesis providing a clear connection to the thesis 2+ Quotations (evidence), all integrated or framed, reflecting the diversity of passages More Commentary than evidence, but the sentence “order” is your choice Concluding Sentence explaining how the paragraph as a whole connects to the essay’s thesis (How does it support the thesis?) DO NOT Write one body paragraph per selection. Focus on time period or your about the subject. own ideas Craft an obvious, feeble thesis (“racism is a problem…”). MLA Format Attention to detail is a must! Use the provided models to match up formatting of PARAGRAPH SPACING (inc. indent)
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