Elements of Composition

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Shows good examples of paragraphs with focused topic sentences. Also shows how to avoid "paragraph sprawl" or digressions/deviations by removing irrelevant details.

Explanation of how to write an effective thesis statement. Includes examples of how to improve weak thesis statements. Also includes a four-point guide to distinguish a strong thesis statement from a weak one, giving students a specific guide to what should be included in their own thesis statements.

Online guide to help students with the basic elements of writing essays.