X-1-2-3 sentences for a classification paper

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.

Notice that in each sentence stack* the subject remains the same while the predicate  changes.

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. 

AND SEE:
William J. Kerrigan on learning to swim and learning to write
X-1-2-3: the 6 steps
X-1-2-3 at Cost of College
X-1-2-3 sets for a classification paper

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