Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

How to Write a Great Essay
Step 3: Get Organized.

Thesis Statements: Four Steps to a Great Essay

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Thesis Statements: Four Steps to a Great Essay.

Metaphor time. Writing an essay is about building. Your thesis statement is your foundation. Your supporting points are the skeleton. And all your examples from the text—and the brilliant things you say about them—are the insulation and the walls and...well, you get the idea.

My point is, now that you've poured your foundation, you need to get the structure assembled. You need to ask yourself what points you're going to use to prove that your thesis actually has merit. So what are those points? Usually, they're the things that got you to your thesis in the first place. They're the things in the text—characters, symbols, situations—that make you believe what you believe.

Now pick the three most compelling points you can find. They should be different enough not to overlap, but they should also be complimentary. You know, they should work together to prove your point.

Once you've got them, you're ready for Step Four: Get Smart!

How to Write an A+ Essay: Thesis StatementsWouldn't it be great if your essay wrote itself?

Sorry, can't help you there. But what if I could show you how to save time and trouble with a simple technique for organizing your research? And what if I told you that this strategy would enable you to write your best essay yet?

It's easier than you think. In How to Write an A+ Paper: A Step by Step Guide to Acing Your Next Assignment, I'll show you an "on-the-fly" strategy I use for gathering and organizing facts before I begin to write.

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Pick your topic
Focus your presentation
Write your script
Edit yourself
Choose your props
Create your graphics
What to do once you're done