Interpretive Paper Template

An interpretive paper relies heavily on writer opinion backed by factual research. As with any other form of analytical paper the writer should make sure that any opinion offered in the paper can be substantiated by other established researchers, or be able to show a clear cause and effect situation if presenting a new hypothesis in the field of study.

Title page

See title page template.


Summarizes the paper in 150 words or less in single-spaced format.


Does not need a heading as a rule but the introductory paragraph does need to have an interesting opening sentence, and should include a thesis statement and the focus of the study. So, you need:

  1. An opening sentence,
  2. A thesis statement, and
  3. The focus of the study.

Main body

In this example, the paragraphs that form the body of the paper will each contain one fact that is relevant to the focus of the paper. For example in the case of the Capote thesis quotations from the book would be used in most of the body paragraphs to support the claims made by the writer. If possible each fact could also be substantiated by secondary sources, which can help expand the discussion of each point. In your interpretive paper, try to include:

  • Paragraphs each discussing only one fact from the group of facts you are to discuss
  • Transitional sentences
  • Secondary sources to support your arguments


In the conclusion section of an interpretive essay the writer has to show that the information presented in the body of the paper does support the thesis statement.

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