How do you write a good essay for grade 12 English? How do I write a good thesis and topic sentence?

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The type of thesis statement you need depends on the type of paper you are writing. Whether you are writing an informative or argumentative/persuasive paper, both of which are commonly required in twelfth grade, your thesis statement will succinctly state the over-arching theme of your paper, and it should appear as the final sentence of your introductory paragraph. Let's take a typical persuasive essay as an example. Think of a good thesis statement as having three parts: a concessions clause, a thesis, and a map (or sentence of division). In the concessions clause, you will acknowledge the opposing point of view; begin with the word although or while. For example, if you are arguing against school uniforms, your concessions clause would say:

Although many private schools and even some public schools require school uniforms, 

The next part of your thesis statement is your thesis. This is the core point you are arguing for or against. Clues that will show you whether you are being...

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