The Three Parts of an Essay
3 basic parts Introduction Body Conclusion
Introduction Consists of one paragraph. (5-8 sentences)
Begins with an opening sentence that will “hook” the reader. (quote, story, startling information, statement, statistic) Contains a thesis statement-this is one clear sentence that will explain to the reader the main point of your essay. Presents three examples or ideas to support your thesis statement. The three examples are what later will be developed into your body-each example being one body paragraph.
Body Consists of three paragraphs
1st paragraph details/elaboration on example one 2ndparagraph details/elaboration on example two 3rd paragraph details/elaboration on example three Each paragraph should have three to five sentences Use transitional words and phrases to strengthen the organization, such as: First of all, In conclusion, Secondly, As I have stated, Finally, Indent to show where a new paragraph begins
Conclusion Consists of one paragraph
Reviews the body paragraph points briefly. Restates the thesis statement in different words.
In Review The three parts of an essay will organize into five paragraphs: 1st Introduction Address the topic Present three examples 2nd Details on example one 3rd Details on example two 4th Details on example three 5th Conclusion Restate the introduction
OVERALL STRUCTURE OF THE FIVE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY
Introduction: Tell them what you’re going to tell them. Body: Tell them. Conclusion: Tell them what you’ve told them.
Review Examples 1 and 2 “A dog is man’s best friend” Cinderella
Select topic for essay 1 Complete outline-this is for homework if not completed in class.
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