The introductory paragraph accomplishes three purposes. It captures the reader's interest. It suggests the importance of the essay's topic. It ends with a thesis sentence. Often, the thesis sentence states a claim that consists of two or more related points. For example, a thesis might read, "A college essay has an introductory paragraph, several body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph." You are telling the reader what you think are the most important points, which need to be addressed in your essay. For this reason, the introduction needs to be directly related to the question or topic. A strong thesis is essential to a good paper, as each paragraph of your paper should be related back to your thesis or else deleted. Thus, the thesis
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Generally, if the thesis sentence contains three related points, there should be three body paragraphs, though the number of paragraphs should be based on the number of supports needed. Thus, the topic sentence for the first body paragraph will refer to the first point in the thesis sentence and the topic sentence for the second body paragraph will refer to the second point in the thesis sentence.
For example, if the thesis sentence is "A college essay has an introductory paragraph, several body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph," the topic sentence for body paragraph one might read, "The first paragraph of an essay is the introductory paragraph"; the topic sentence for body paragraph two might read, "The introductory paragraph is followed by several body paragraphs"; and the topic sentence for body paragraph three might read, "The college essay's final paragraph is its concluding paragraph." Each body paragraph uses specific details, such as anecdotes, comparisons and contrasts, definitions, examples, expert opinions, explanations, facts, and statistics to support and develop the claim that its topic sentence makes.
When writing an essay for a class assignment, make sure to follow your teacher or professor's suggestions. Most teachers will reward creativity and thoughtful organization over dogmatic adherence to a prescribed structure. Many will not. If you are not sure how your teacher will respond to your specific