Your thesis is a summary sentence of what your paper is about. It should guide your whole paper. Every paragraph and every sentence should be connected to your thesis. If an idea doesn't relate to your thesis, it should not be in your paper.
Every paper needs an introduction paragraph. This is your chance to get the reader's attention.This paragraph is a preview for what is to come in the essay. Introduce each of your main points in this paragraph. Think of your introduction paragraph as a miniature outline for your paper. The last sentence of your introduction paragraph should be your thesis.
Each of your body paragraphs should support your thesis statement. Begin with a strong introduction sentence that states the topic of the paragraph. Each following sentence should be related to this main topic. End with a conclusion sentence that summarizes all the points of the paragraph.
A plot twist at the end of a novel may be exciting, but in an essay there shouldn't be any surprises! Don't introduce new information in your conclusion paragraph! Summarize what your paper has been about. Restate the main points. End strong, leaving the reader with a clear idea of what they have just read.
Let the reader know how two ideas, two sentences or two paragraphs are connected. Use transition words and sentences to get from one idea to the next. The connection may seem obvious to you, but if your reader isn't prepared, you might lose him when you shift ideas.
Every paragraph needs a strong introduction sentence. Let the reader know what the paragraph is going to be about. Every body sentence should be related to the introduction.
Every paragraph needs a good conclusion sentence. Summarize the main idea of the paragraph.
To show sequence
first, second, third, then, after, afterward, since, before, when, whenever, until, as soon as, as long as, while, again, also, besides, finally, furthermore, last, moreover, next, still, too
To show cause and effect
therefore, thus, consequently, as a result, for this reason, so, so that, accordingly, because, for this purpose, hence, thereupon, to this end, since
similarly, likewise, in like manner, also, in fact, actually, indeed, certainly, again, in the same way, once more
however, on the one hand /on the other hand, in contrast, conversely, but, yet, on the contrary, nevertheless, nonetheless, still, notwithstanding, despite, still, although, even though, in spite of, instead, regardless
To show addition
and, in addition, also, furthermore, moreover, besides, next, again, too, second, third, another, finally
To indicate time
before, now, after, afterwards, subsequently, later, earlier, meanwhile, in the meantime, while, as long as, so far, after a bit, after a few days, after a while, as soon as, at last, at length, a that time, before, earlier, immediately, in the meantime, in the past, lately, presently, shortly, simultaneously, since, then, thereafter, until, when
To give examples
for example, for instance, specifically, namely, to illustrate, that is, in particular, after all, even, indeed, in fact, of course, such as, the following example
in general, for the most part, as a general rule, on the whole, usually, typically
To emphasize a point
indeed, in fact, as matter of fact, even
To show place
above, adjacent to, below, beyond, closer to, elsewhere, far, farther on, here, near, nearby, opposite to, there, to the left, to the right
To show qualification
frequently, often, usually, in general, occasionally, provided, in case, unless, when, since, because, for, if
To signal concession
of course, naturally, although it is true that, granted that, I admit that, it may appear that, although, though, no doubt, to be sure, whereas, of course, doubtless, certainly
To conclude or summarize
in conclusion, to conclude, in summary, to summarize, in short, in other words, therefore, thus, in reality, as a result, as has been noted, as I have said, as we have seen, as mentioned earlier, in any event, on the whole, therefore
Make an outline for your paper. It sounds like more work, but in the end it will improve your organization and save you a lot of time.
Think through your thesis. Take time to fully develop it. Outline your argument. This brings clarity to your ideas and helps ensure that the organization of your paper will be consistent.
Introduce your paper with a clear, specific statement of your main idea. Your thesis sets up the argument that your paper makes from the beginning to the end.
From Start to Finish
Build your paper around three structures:
The introduction, which presents your thesis and begins the argument of your paper.
The body of your paper, where you present evidence and reasoning in support of your thesis.
The conclusion, which ties your ideas together and directs attention to the main idea.
Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence that introduces the main idea of that paragraph. Effective topic sentences connect the idea of the preceding paragraph to the idea of the new paragraph.