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Audience

When it comes to writing papers, it is important to always consider your audience. You may have even heard your teachers say this! What exactly do we mean by “audience”? Well, your audience is basically anyone who is reading your paper. If you send your paper to your teacher, then your teacher is your “audience.” You should consider your audience when writing your paper because it can help you make a stronger argument. For example, if you need to write about a certain novel, you need to ask yourself (or ask your teacher): does my audience know the plot of this book? Yes or no, this will affect how you write your paper. Know and understand who you are writing for; this will make the process easier on you!

What is a “thesis statement”?

Have you heard your teacher ever talk about the “thesis statement” of your paper? He or she is simply referring to the main point of your paper or the main argument: what are trying to say in your writing? Remember that many of your writing assignments might require you to argue something and then support your argument with evidence. For example, if your assignment is to write about dogs, your thesis or argument could be: “everyone in the world should own a dog.” OR, it might be “Dogs are dangerous, and no one should own them as pets.” In these two examples, you can argue one side and then use the rest of the paper to support your claim. This is much stronger than simply writing about dogs in general.

The First Sentence

When you write a paper, it is a good idea to start the paper with an interesting first sentence. What is a good way to do this? You could use a quotation from another source that relates to your topic (for example: if your paper is about candy, you could say, Hershey’s founder Milton S. Hershey once said, “One is only happy in proportion as he makes others feel happy”). You could also use a statistic provided by another source (for example: According to The Hershey Company, about 2 billion people eat candy daily). Finally, and this can be a little difficult to accomplish, you can start the paper with a personal story about yourself or about someone else (known as an “anecdote”)…of course, the story should relate to your topic! These are just three ways to catch your reader’s attention and strengthen your writing techniques. Good luck!