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Essay Format and Structure Essays are generally 5 paragraphs long, with one introduction, 3 body paragraphs, and one conclusion. Must be in a formal essay structure and format. No first person, “I”, unless writing narrative essays. Should use evidence and quotations from the text to support your main arguments and points.
Paragraph 1: Introduction Introduces reader to the topic. First sentence should be an effective and powerful ‘hook’. Introduction should be strong, concise, and structured. Thesis Statement: Your main argument/point/topic for your entire essay in sentence form. Thesis is the last sentence of your introductory paragraph.
Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4: Main Body These are your body paragraphs in your essay. Each of these discusses one sub-topic of your main topic/thesis. Each paragraph should be based on one main sub-topic or argument. Use connecting words in the first sentence (topic sentence) such as also, therefore, furthermore, moreover, in addition to, firstly, secondly, thirdly, lastly, likewise, etc.
Paragraph 5: Conclusion A summary of your main ideas, subtopics, and thesis statement (in different words). Should be at least 5 sentences and should leave your reader ‘wanting more’.
Using Evidence Essays must have evidence, examples, and quotations to support your arguments or it’s like a lawyer with no evidence in a court case. Quotations must be integrated in your sentence using quotation marks and giving the page number. For example: Roger was so full of gratitude towards Mrs. Jones that he did not leave even though he had the chance: “Roger looked at the door, looked at the woman, looked at the door, and went to the sink” (16).
Writing Essays Use an outline to organize thesis statement, subtopics, and connecting words before you write your draft. Understand that essays must be written in a formal structure.