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What is unity?

Melissa, SLC Writing Tutor
In general, what is unity in an essay?
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Julia, SLC Writing Tutor
Unity is when each paragraph represents one idea and all paragraphs in the paper refer to the one main argument of the essay. All of the paragraphs should reflect and add on to the main idea of the essay so it reads as a whole.
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Melissa, SLC Writing Tutor
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Unity in writing is when all the sentences relate to the main topic or thesis, and when all subtopics in paragraphs clearly relate to the main topic of the paper as a whole.

Coherence in writing is when the paragraph has unity; the ideas in the paragraph relate to the topic sentence in that paragraph, and to the paper at large. On a sentence level coherency means that sentences has clear meaning, read easily, and transition from one to the next.
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Michael, SLC Tutor
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Unity is achieved when all the elements of a paper have a unified focus, when they all revolve around one common theme or idea. This common idea is generally your thesis statement, that which your paper is about or the claim your paper is arguing for. Every paragraph then should be focused on a sub-idea that relates to this main idea. Your conclusion should remind us how all the sub-ideas relate to your main idea and then suggest implications of what you just said, the proverbial "So what?" Additionally, within each paragraph, your supporting sentences should relate to the sub-idea which the paragraph is about. In other words, a reader should be able to randomly pick out any given sentence in the entire paper and find a justification for why it is in there. There should be something about any given sentence that connects it back to the main idea which motivated the writing of the paper in the first place.
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Kevin, SLC Writing Tutor
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When it comes to unity, I strongly recommend using a mind map to organize the main topics with the thesis. This form is listed under "handouts" and can be found in the SLC.
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