When I was writing essays all the time in college, I had this semi-rule for myself: I had to write at least as many sentences about the quotes I chose as the quotes themselves contained. For example, a three-sentence quote demanded at least a three-sentence explanation.
I'm not saying that's what you have to do. But here's my point: Your teacher is not a mind reader. He or she does not know why you included the passage you included to support Point #1 unless you tell him or her. So for every quote or passage you include ask yourself the question:
Ask yourself: What does this have to do with the point I'm making in this paragraph? What does it have to do with my thesis statement—and with my paper as a whole? Don't dance around whatever point you're trying to make. If you think a passage means something, say so. And don't be afraid to keep going deeper. Keep asking yourself "So what, so what, so what?"
Then you're ready for Step Six: Wrapping it Up.
Engaging lead sentences. Provocative thesis statements. Drum-tight arguments supported by facts that are always relevant and sometimes surprising.
It's easier than you think. In How to Write an A+ Paper: A Step by Step Guide to Acing Your Next Assignment, you'll learn my strategies and techniques for writing essays that are both persuasive and engaging to read. In other words, essays that earn an A+.
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