Fleshing Out your Rough Draft

Your rough draft should follow this general outline. Each bullet point represents at least one sentence in your essay.

Introductory Paragraph: Funnel in. Start broad, capturing the attention of Joe Schmoe. Get more specific as you introduce the play. End with the thesis and a preview of where your three body paragraphs will go.
  • Hook
  • Background information (title of the play, author, brief intro to characters/plot)
  • Thesis
  • Preview/Transition Sentence: three supporting points

Body Paragraph 1: First supporting point to the thesis
  • Topic Sentence
  • Supporting Idea
  • Lead-in Sentence (setting up the quote)
  • Quotation (evidence to support your point)
  • Follow-up Sentences (interpreting quote, show how thesis is supported)
  • Repeat LS-Quotation-FS for any additional quotations
  • Closing Line

Body Paragraph 2: Second supporting point to the thesis
  • Topic Sentence
  • Supporting Idea
  • Lead-in Sentence (setting up the quote)
  • Quotation (evidence to support your point)
  • Follow-up Sentences (interpreting quote, show how thesis is supported)
  • Repeat LS-Quotation-FS for any additional quotations
  • Closing Line

Body Paragraph 3: Third supporting point to the thesis
  • Topic Sentence
  • Supporting Idea
  • Lead-in Sentence (setting up the quote)
  • Quotation (evidence to support your point)
  • Follow-up Sentences (interpreting quote, show how thesis is supported)
  • Repeat LS-Quotation-FS for any additional quotations
  • Closing Line

Conclusion Paragraph: Funnel out. Start specific (thesis stated in new words), and then generalize to the broader implications of this topic. Leave your reader with "a gift" -- something to take away. Don't use "you", however!)
  • Restatement of thesis (be sure to use new words, not the same as the thesis)
  • Broad generalizations about the topic
  • Closing line

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