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Section 1

Your first paragraph needs to present the topic and your main thesis, with a focus on what you have observed about your topic.

Introduction

Starting Sentence Option 1:When you first [notice/see/meet] [subject], it [is/isn’t] obvious that [observation]. For [myself/many people], this means [thesis statement].


Starting Sentence Option 2:[Adjectives to describe the subject], these are what you [observe/notice] first when you [see/meet] [subject]. It’s [thesis statement]. You’ll notice [behavior or characteristics].


Example Opening Claims

  • Clam chowder is meant to be creamy and robust, which is exactly what Frida’s chowder is.
  • Mr. Grayson is elderly, with twinkling blue eyes and a lined face that says he’s seen more than any normal person should.
  • The movie is abrupt, yet entertaining and fills its audience with awe.

 

Section 2

This paragraph should focus on a specific anecdote or time that you observed something and explain what you saw.

First Claim

Starting Sentence Option 1:The [subject] was [action] when I first saw [him/her/it]. My first impression was [impression], as [they/he/she] were [detailed description]. [first claim].


Starting Sentence Option 2:Upon closer examination, [observation and details]. [Subject] was [wearing/covered in/decorated with] [description], making it obvious that [first claim].


Example Claims

  • He was keenly interested in gardening.
  • The cat appeared to regard himself as king, while everyone else was a mere peasant.
  • The garden had obviously been neglected, but it had potential.
  • She was an amazing artist.
  • She loved her infant with that fierce love that only a mother has.
Section 3

You can include dialog and further details in this paragraph.

Second Claim

Starting Sentence Option 1:[Subject] said, [quote], which had the effect of [effect]. [He/she/they] went on to [action], which [resulting consequence].


Starting Sentence Option 2:As I watched, I saw [behavior or action] and heard [subject] say [quote]. It soon became evident that [subject] was [action or behavior] and I saw [him/her/it] [action]. It was evident that [third claim].


Example Claims

  • He was keenly interested in gardening.
  • The cat appeared to regard himself as king, while everyone else was a mere peasant.
  • The garden had obviously been neglected, but it had potential.
  • She was an amazing artist.
  • She loved her infant with that fierce love that only a mother has.
Section 4

This paragraph should focus on how you felt while observing and what you feel the people involved felt.

Third Claim

Starting Sentence Option 1:It must have been [exciting/terrifying/calming/etc.] to [action]. As I observed, I felt [explain feelings] and determined that [third claim].


Starting Sentence Option 2:[third claim], is evident, due to [action] and [action]. [Subject] was obviously [detailed description] and this required the use of [item or force]. This made me [feelings].


Example Claims

  • He was keenly interested in gardening.
  • The cat appeared to regard himself as king, while everyone else was a mere peasant.
  • The garden had obviously been neglected, but it had potential.
  • She was an amazing artist.
  • She loved her infant with that fierce love that only a mother has.
Section 5

The final paragraph of the essay should recap the entire essay and restate the thesis.

Conclusion

Starting Sentence Option 1:In conclusion, [restate thesis]. From my [own/personal] experiences and observations, it was obvious that [claims].


Starting Sentence Option 2:Observation is all that’s needed to see [thesis restated]. Over [time period], I saw this time and time again, as [subject] [behavior or action].

 

Section 6
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