You can't throw in a paragraph about how Velma relates to Charles Dickens, because it does not fit with your thesis. Transition Somewhere in there you need to include any other information that is necessary, such as the title and author (if your essay is about a book), or the time period (if about a certain event). 1The Attention Getter Write whatever you need to get attention as long as it relates to the essay.
Everything in your essay should work towards proving your thesis. Warning: Contrary to popular belief a question is not a very good attention getter.
Sometimes with cause and effect essays you are required to give an assessment of the overall effects e.g. Space must be allocated for this assessment in your structure.
Prewriting is just getting all of your ideas on paper. Make sure the reader knows how it supports the topic sentence. The short recap is probably a sentence explaining what this paragraph said. Once again you'll need to smoothly flow into the next paragraph.
An effective way to argue a point can be to present the opposing view first then counter this view with stronger evidence.
Examples of this type of essay include assignments where you are given data such as a case study or scenario, a diagram, graphical information, or a picture and expected to interpret this information to demonstrate your application of knowledge when answering the task.
You are required to develop an argument and apply critical thinking skills to analyse a range of academic sources in support of your argument.
The QUT cite|write booklet (PDF, 726KB) contains information on critical thinking.
Note: If writing about a book you might want to include the title and author in your them statement. I find it helps when writing to have these before i get too far into it. The introduction should have the follwing construction: 1. A reader simply answering no to a question can ruin one of these questions very easily.
Otherwise you can include that info in another sentence before it. Good ideas for an attention getter are short anecdotes or a quote (if writing about a book it's best to use a quote that is not from this book). An essay without transitions will be chunky and unappealing.