Additionally, if you are having trouble revising a paper, making an outline of each paragraph and its topic sentence after you have written your paper can be an effective way of identifying a paper's strengths and weaknesses.
The following outline is for a 5-7 page paper discussing the link between educational attainment and health.
An introduction should begin with discussion of your specific topic (not a broad background overview) and provide just enough context (definitions of key terms, for example) to prepare your readers for your thesis or purpose statement.
Sample Introduction/Context: If the topic of your paper is the link between educational attainment and health, your introduction might do the following: (a) establish the population you are discussing, (b) define key terms such as A thesis or purpose statement should come at the end of your introduction and state clearly and concisely what the purpose or central argument of your paper is.
Thesis: Competitive swimming is a great alternative to other youth sports.
Introduce your primary persuasive argument and provide supporting details.
Thesis: The first time I participated in a competitive swim meet, I finished in last place.
With more focused training and coaching, I was able to finish 2nd in the State Championship meet.
Describe the primary argument and provide supporting details and evidence.
Topic Sentence: A shorter school year would benefit students and teachers by giving them more time off.