Introductions In order for the first paragraph of an essay to actually be a proper introduction (in other words, for it to fulfill the requirements of a proper introduction), it must do two things. 1) A thesis statement is the sentence (or sometimes sentences) that tells the reader what the position of the author is.
These two things are: 1) Include a thesis statement. When you are given an essay question, the thesis statement is your clear and concise answer to the question.
The sentence that captures your position on this main idea is what we call a thesis statement.
A thesis statement focuses your ideas into one or two sentences.
Every paper you write should have a main point, a main idea, or central message.
The argument(s) you make in your paper should reflect this main idea.
Those running for President should be held to a higher standard of ethical behavior.
(The essay would present evidence and reasons to support why those running for President should have higher standards for ethical behavior.) 3.
So in the example we have been looking at of the Holocaust essay, I mentioned that the essay will discuss six reasons for the Holocaust and each reason will have two paragraphs.
So that means that every second paragraph would use a ‘topic sentence’ since it would be moving on to discuss another reason for the Holocaust.