1st paragraph: MLA style & format
In this first paragraph the writer must introduce the topic by making a thesis statement. A thesis statement is similar to a topic sentence. It is a general statement that tells the reader what you will be writing about
You will address the fact that: you are exploring the different views of freedom through (state document) in American history and how it reflects the periods understanding of the ever-changing definitions of freedom.
– what period?
-what document? Who is writing the document is important …
-what view of freedom is this document describing and how does it relate to the view of freedom during that time period
You will give a brief history of the time period that pertains to the document you are analyzing
You will explain the document and who wrote it.
You will analyze the document and give 2 quotes that support your analysis of freedom the document is addressing – give at least three good examples for the view of freedom you are analyzing
You will cite your sources and quotes “safe for democracy” (Wilson, pg34).
You are not arguing points or still giving more evidence for your analysis…that was all to be done in the body
– Restate the main idea of your essay, or your thesis statement.
– Summarize the points of your essay.
– Leave the reader with an interesting final impression