A Sentence by Sentence Guide to Writing an FRQ

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Essay Outline  

Introduction:

1st Sentence: – introduce your topic or restate the question in a sentence.

2nd sentence: lead toward your thesis

3rd sentence:  Your thesis (may take more than one sentence)

I.Opinion

a.       Reason 1

i.      Fact or explanation

ii.      Explain how it leads to reason 2 (cause/effect, chronological)

b.      Reason 2

i.      Fact or explanation

ii.      Explain how it leads to reason 2 (cause/effect, chronological)

c.       Reason 3

i.      Fact or explanation

ii.      Explain how it leads to reason 2 (cause/effect, chronological)

A simple thesis will only list the three reasons while a sophisticated thesis will list the three reasons and supporting evidence as outlined above.

Body

I.                   1st Body paragraph:

a.        Topic sentence of first thesis idea (IMPORTANT: go in the same order as your thesis.  Your first thesis idea is your first body paragraph and so on.)

b.      2-4 facts that support the topic sentence

c.       Explanation that specifically shows how the facts prove your idea in your topic sentence (which is in your thesis).

d.      Repeat a and b at least 3 times or until your idea is proven

e.       Last sentence is a mini thesis for this topic only.  Restate the topic and briefly list the 3 explanations (arguments) you made in this paragraph.

II.                2nd Body paragraph:

a.       Topic sentence of second thesis idea (IMPORTANT: go in the same order as your thesis.  Your second thesis idea is your second body paragraph.)

b.      2-4 facts that support the topic sentence

c.       Explanation that specifically shows how the facts prove your idea in your topic sentence (which is in your thesis).

d.      Repeat a and b at least 3 times or until your idea is proven

e.       Last sentence is a mini thesis for this topic only.  Restate the topic and briefly list the 3 explanations (arguments) you made in this paragraph.

III.             3rd Body Paragraph

a.       Topic sentence of third thesis idea (IMPORTANT: go in the same order as your thesis.  Your third thesis idea is your third body paragraph.)

b.      2-4 facts that support the topic sentence

c.       Explanation that specifically shows how the facts prove your idea in your topic sentence (which is in your thesis).

d.      Repeat a and b at least 3 times or until your idea is proven

e.       Last sentence is a mini thesis for this topic only.  Restate the topic and briefly list the 3 explanations (arguments) you made in this paragraph.

IV.              Conclusion

a.       State your thesis as a conclusion and remind the reader of your important reasons and arguments

b.      Explain why your conclusion is important historically.

The above article originally published at Quiet Waters at Newman Lake, Inc

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