Below are three sets of X-1-2-3 sentences for a classification paper answering the question:
What kinds of characters are found in fables?
|X||Three principal types of characters appear in fables: animals, humans, and supernatural beings.|
|1||Some fable characters || are animals.|
|2||Some fable characters || are humans.|
|3||Some fable characters || are supernatural beings.|
|X||The characters in fables || are moral types.|
|1||Some of the characters in fables || are morally good.|
|2||Some of the characters in fables || are morally bad.|
|3||Some of the characters in fables || are morally mixed.|
The X-1-2-3 method helps novice writers keep their writing on track by instructing them to make the paper topic and the X-1-2-3 sentence subjects one and the same.
Remember: the X-1-2-3 sentences correspond to your Thesis Statement + three Topic Sentences:
|X||Thesis statement (usually the last sentence in the Introductory paragraph)|
|1||Topic Sentence #1 (1st sentence in 2nd paragraph)|
|2||Topic Sentence #2 (1st sentence in 3rd paragraph)|
|3||Topic Sentence #3 (1st sentence in 4th paragraph)|
* The partial exception is the “list thesis” in the first set: There are three principal types of characters in fables: animals, humans, and supernatural beings.