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Hacking Writing / Research: Template



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Your Name

Prof’s Name

CLASS###

Month Day, Year


Compelling Title: Explanatory Expansion of your Title


The first sentence in your essay should introduce what you are going to say, the logic of the three areas you will use to support your claims and connect to your title, and to your final sentence. The second sentence in your essay introduces the first of three areas you will develop and connects to the first paragraph of your essay. The third sentence in your essay introduces your second area, which is more significant than your first, and it connects to the third paragraph. The fourth sentence in your essay introduces your most significant area and connects to the fourth paragraph. The fifth sentence in your essay begins your journey, heightens interest in your approach, and must directly lead to the first sentence of the second paragraph.


The first sentence of your second paragraph answers a call made by the final sentence of your first paragraph, introduces your first area and the three examples you will use to illustrate it. The second sentence in your second provides the first piece of evidence for your first area and directly cites the text. The third sentence in your second paragraph offers an even more interesting example of the area and cites the text. The fourth sentence in your second paragraph offers your most compelling example of your area and cites the text. The fifth sentence in your second paragraph captures the power of what you have just demonstrated, connects it to your title and creates interest in your next area while setting up the first sentence of your next paragraph.


The first sentence of your third paragraph answers a call made by the final sentence of your second paragraph, introduces your second, more significant area, and describes the three examples you will use to illustrate it. The second sentence in your third paragraph provides the first piece of evidence for your second area and directly cites the text. The third sentence in your third paragraph offers an even more interesting example of the area and cites the text. The fourth sentence in your third paragraph offers your most compelling example of your area and cites the text. The fifth sentence in your third paragraph captures the power of what you have just demonstrated, connects it to your title, to the claims of the first paragraph and the argument that is developing and uses this momentum to set up the first sentence of your next paragraph.


The first sentence of your fourth paragraph answers a call made by the final sentence of your third paragraph, introduces your third and most significant area, and provides the three examples you will use to illustrate it. The second sentence in your fourth paragraph provides the first piece of evidence for your third area and directly cites the text. The third sentence in your fourth paragraph offers an even more interesting example of the area and cites the text. The fourth sentence in your fourth paragraph offers your most compelling example of your area and cites the text. The fifth sentence in your fourth paragraph captures the power of what you have just demonstrated, connects it to your title, the previous two paragraphs, and the logical pattern you have created by selecting and presenting your three areas, and creates excitement about the continuation of these ideas while setting up the first sentence of your final paragraph.


The first sentence of your fifth and final paragraph answers a call made by the final sentence of your fourth paragraph, your title, your introductory paragraph and each of the three areas, while introducing an even greater passion for your original idea now that the examples have been shared with your audience. The second sentence in your final paragraph describes the way in which you first area perfectly set up your pattern. The third sentence in your final paragraph explores the way your second area fit into the path of discovery. The fourth sentence in your final paragraph explains how the third area contributed to the whole and proved the pattern. The fifth sentence in your final paragraph revisits your title, first sentence, all five paragraphs, your pattern and its possible implications and offers a feeling that this is only just the beginning.

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