How to Write a Theme Paragraph

How to Write a Theme Paragraph

The ideas and content should be clear and complete. The evidence needs to be well chosen to support the overall theme. A well-written theme paragraph shows insightful understanding of the intent of the author. Strong transitions aid in the paragraph’s ability to push the idea forward. Knowing how to break down the process of writing a theme paragraph will help to streamline your argument or interpretation.

1 What's a Theme Paragraph?

A strong theme statement shows a perceptive understanding of the author’s intent. It's well organized in a clear and coherent manner. Structured well, it effectively develops and substantiates the ideas being expressed. The paragraph is broken down into a topic sentence, interpretation and evidence and followed up by a conclusion sentence.

2 Topic Sentence

Start off strong with a solidly written topic sentence as it's the most important sentence of your complete work. Also referred to as a focus sentence, a clear, concisely composed topic sentence will include your interpretation. It should identify the main idea of the entire paragraph as well as clearly state the argument that you'll make further on in the work.

3 Interpretation or Argument

All articles, plays, essays and papers have a central theme or argument. The writer has a duty to present facts to sway the audience to the author’s interpretation of the meaning of the work. Before the draft process begins, make a decision on what the stance will be of the completed written work. This is the theme. The theme is the missive that the author is attempting to express to the audience. The missive, or message, is backed up by evidence.

4 Evidence

Once the interpretation is fully formed and you have a good grasp on where you intend to go, the next step is to gather evidence that effusively supports your argument.

Gathering evidence is a necessary and vital part of the writing process. It can flush out the argument and bring vibrancy to the work as a whole. Search for information to back up your argument that the audience will connect with, such as famous quotes, works of art or other references that have a cultural connection. Consider specific evidence within your text to support the claims you state.

5 Conclusion Sentence

Continue the strength of the work by wrapping up your argument with a precisely written conclusion sentence. A conclusion sentence draws the information together that was previously presented and elaborates the central theme. It summarizes the points and often refers back to the topic sentence.

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