English Explanatory Elements

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introduction
The first paragraph of an essay intended to interest reader and introduce topic
Hook
First sentence of an introduction that is intended to interest the reader
Body paragraphs
middle paragraphs in the essay
Topic Sentence
States the main idea of the paragraph
Thesis Statement
Last sentence of the introduction that includes your opinion and the topic of the essay; clearly states what the entire essay will be about
Details
evidence and explanations that supports the topic sentence
Commentary
the writer's opinions; explanation of the way the details relate to the topic sentence
Conclusion
The last paragraph of an essay that brings the essay to a close. In the conclusion, the writer should summarize the thesis statements, main supporting details, and leave the reader with a "so what" statement that explains why the information is important