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I need help with the essay prompt: "Were the colonists justified in waging war and...
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I need help with the essay prompt: "Were the colonists justified in waging war and breaking away from Britain?"
im writing an essay about this question and not sure what to talk about in each 5 paragraphs , i understand the questiion kinda but dont know what to write , how to start in you know like the introduction and thesis , please help me
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Your thesis should be the main argument, the central answer to your essay prompt. If you don't have a lot of experience with thesis writing, you can start simply. For example, "The colonists were justified in breaking away from Great Britain". This simply rephrases the question, and won't get you many points for style, but it is a functional thesis. You can then add "...because..." and list off your main reasons. Don't explain those reasons, save that for the body, but you can list them in the thesis. For example: "...because of Britain's taxation without representation, the violent responses from the King to the colonists demands and quartering troops in American homes."
This tells your reader what they can expect as your arguments. Then the main body paragraphs explain in detail each of those points. Tell them everything you know, with a full paragraph for each of those points.
Your conclusion restates your thesis, but change the wording a bit, so you're not just recopying the same paragraph. Be sure that your thesis and conclusion make the same argument though.
Posted by brettd on January 2, 2012 at 3:47 AM (Answer #1)
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You could begin with a quote. One that comes to mind is Patrick Henry's famous quote, "Give me liberty or give me death". If you are on the side of freedom you may say : When Patrick Henry shouted, "Give me liberty or give me death" he spoke words that are the essence of human life. Without freedom we have nothing. Freedom is the very core of living any life, anywhere and certainly the colonists were justified in breaking away from Great Britain as they were denied freedom.
Posted by cmaloney on January 2, 2012 at 4:02 AM (Answer #2)
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