How to Structure an Essay (using "The 3 Ied Monster")
Includes: Title, author, time period/date
Hook or funnel
1-2 sentences summary MAX
Lead up to THESIS STATEMENT (states the argument of the essay) – usually last sentence of introduction
Main body paragraph (repeat as necessary)
IDENTIFICATION = TOPIC SENTENCE. The topic sentence supports the thesis statement and states the argument of the paragraph.
ILLUSTRATION = QUOTE (or paraphrase)
INTERPRETATION = explanation of how the quote supports the topic sentence.
Repeat ILLUST and INTERP as many times as necessary
Another main body paragraph…
And maybe another main body paragraph…
And maybe another…
Recap the argument
Reflect on its significance
Point toward possible new avenues of analysis