the thesis statement
Write a five paragraph essay with five to seven sentences in each paragraph in which you argue or persuade either that American Indians should be fully integrated into the American society or that it is best to continue to maintain and support American Indians staying on their reservations.
Quote from at least one source to support your position.
Document your source and quotation(s) using MLA style documentation including citations and a work cited page with appropriate entries.
The link below gives full information on using MLA style:
the thesis statement
Outline for a Five-Paragraph Essay
Paragraph 1: Introduction
The introductory paragraph should include the following elements: Background information: Enough information necessary for your reader to understand your topic
Thesis statement: Indicates your paper’s topic, makes your paper’s purpose clear, and provides an overview of the three main supporting points that will unify the essay. The thesis statement is typically the last sentence. If you are writing in response to a text, the introduction should include the title,author, and genre of that piece.
Paragraph 2:Body Paragraph
Begins with a topic sentence that identifies one main idea that will be discussed as support or proof for the thesis statement
Supporting sentences use specific details, demonstrated through closely related examples or evidence, to expand and explain the main idea.
Generally, a well-developed paragraph has at least five to eight sentences.
Paragraph unity means that all ideas in a paragraph are closely related to its topic sentence and further develop that topic sentence.
That is, all sentences in a single paragraph must be unified around a central point or idea.
Paragraph 3:Body Paragraph
This paragraph, and any subsequent body paragraph, should begin with a topic sentence that signals the reader that a new idea or point is being introduced.
As you organize your essay, keep in mind its coherence.
Coherence refers to connections among paragraphs and ideas—the logical sequence of your thoughts.
Use transition words or phrases at the outset of your body paragraphs and to move from one idea to another within your paragraphs.
Have you transitioned logically from the main idea in the previous paragraph to this one?
Are you making clear connections among the paragraphs and ideas? Be sure to think about coherence during the revision stage of the writing process.
Paragraph 4:Body Paragraph
This paragraph begins with the final topic sentence that relates back to the remaining point mentioned in the thesis statement.
Each paragraph should contain a new main idea.
Again, flesh out this main idea with specific examples, details, and relevant support.
Be sure to maintain paragraph unity. That is, each sentence must relate to your topic sentence.
The conclusion revisits your overall purpose for writing and often invites your reader to consider the implications of why your ideas are significant.
The conclusion may restate the thesis, summarize the paper’s major points, or leave the reader with a final thought to ponder.
If you choose to restate the thesis or summarize the essay’s main ideas, do not repeat the same wording from the introduction or body paragraphs.
Remember not to introduce new, unrelated ideas in the conclusion.
Think of the introduction and conclusion as“bookends”that serve to hold the essay tightly together. The introduction will “push” into or initiate the examination of your topic and the angle you decide to focus on, while the conclusion will “pull” tight all the ideas that you have gathered together for a unified essay.
Remember, the five-paragraph model can be expanded to include more body paragraphs that probe more deeply into your subject. Check with your instructor to ensure whether or not you can exceed this length for an assignment.
Submit your persuasive essay and be sure to have a works cited page.
Use MLA style and be sure to have a Works Cited page for your sources and cite your sources in the essay. View the sample essay to see MLA style in an essay with sources.
Do not submit an essay for this assignment without sources.
Your sources will be those you choose to use, but sure to have at least one source that supports your position.