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English 1123 Essay Structure & Format
No separate title page is necessary. At the top left-hand corner of the first page, put your name, my name, Course name and section, date of submission, and a word count. Each piece of information is on a separate line (this information should be single –spaced). After title page information, the rest of the essay should be double-spaced.
Your title should be a phrase (not a complete sentence) which provides information about the essay’s topic and creates a sense of curiosity in the reader.
Introductory paragraph: (TEW 149-61)
General statements: three or more sentences that introduce the topic / supply necessary background information (context) / lead readers to the thesis statement.
Thesis statement: last sentence of the introductory paragraph. A one-sentence statement of the claim the essay intends to argue.
Body paragraphs (TEW 169-78)
The essay should contain three body paragraphs.
Begin each body paragraph with a claim in the topic sentence which states clearly the one supporting point for the thesis that the paragraph intends to explain/develop.
Support the topic sentence with quotations, summaries, or paraphrases of relevant information from your secondary sources, along with your analysis or commentary. Incorporate quotes into your sentences and punctuate properly. Do not misquote. Direct quotes cannot take up more than 10% of the word count, so be prepared to summarize or paraphrase long pieces of secondary-source information. The majority of the essay should be your writing.
Provide a citation (author’s last name + page number) whenever you quote, paraphrase or summarize information from an outside (secondary) source.
Body paragraphs must have unity (focus on the point) and coherence (sentences should progress in a smooth and logical order).
Concluding paragraph: (TEW 162)
Begin with a one-sentence restatement of the thesis or summary of the main supporting points.
Use a “spiral” conclusion (TEW 162): three or more sentences that discuss the wider implications of the thesis. Make a prediction, suggestion or recommendation based on the point the essay is making.
Works Cited Page (TEW 285-94)
The essay must have a separate Works Cited page that provides a formal citation for all sources used in your essay. Do not cite sources you have looked at but not actually used.
Use MLA style.
Use correct grammar, idiomatic usage, spelling, diction, and punctuation.
Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
Double-space the entire essay (including Work Cited page, but not title page information).