Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
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In high school English classes, they teach students to write the “Five-Paragraph Essay.” Paragraph one introduces the topic and outlines the thesis; paragraphs two through four present evidence supporting the thesis; and paragraph five concludes by wrapping everything back up to prove that, yes, the writer has proven her thesis. Later, more advanced English classes allow a departure from this strict organization procedure, but all emphasize one key point: Start with the thesis. From there on out, how you choose to prove it is your own business. But always start with a thesis.