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Mr. Klassens Intro to Essay Writing

An introduction to the basic 5 paragraph essay

Abram Klassen

on 18 April 2012

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Transcript of Mr. Klassens Intro to Essay Writing

The Essay Introduction What is it? An introduction is the first paragraph of an essay

An introduction 'introduces' what or who the essay is about What does it do? It introduces the main idea and the supporting points of your whole essay What must be in an introduction? Thesis statement Preview After seeing this trailer,
what do you expect to
see in this movie?
Your introduction is like a 'movie trailer' for your essay:

>tell the audience what the essay will be about

>do not put things in the introduction that you will not discuss in the essay A thesis statement is a brief statement that expresses the main idea of an essay.

>thesis statements take a position on an issue (then the essay goes on to argue this position)

>you must limit your entire essay to the topic that you have introduced in your thesis statement

>thesis statements are sometimes found at the end of an introduction, but this is not always the case Essay in a nutshell Tell them what
you WILL DO DO IT Tell them what
you Did A preview in an introduction of an essay is like a movie trailer. A movie trailer tells the person watching what to expect to see in the movie. In an essay, the 'preview' is found in the introduction and it tells the reader what to expect to read in the rest of the essay. A basic essay has a main idea which is found in the thesis statement.
The main idea (or the thesis statement) is supported by 3 points.
Each one of these 3 points supports the main idea, and so they
are often called the 'supporting pionts'.

In what form do the 3 points support the main idea you ask?

>The 3 points support the main idea in the form of paragraphs.
Each point is in the form of a paragraph. So there will be 3 supporting
paragraphs. These three paragraphs form the body of the essay.

3 supporting points + Each supporting point in paragraph form
= 3 supporting paragraphs

Wait a minute!!! What does any of this have to do with a preview? In your essay you will be providing 3 paragraphs that support your main idea. Your preview is basically introducing those 3 supporting paragraphs -so that your reader knows what to expect.

Remember- think movie trailer. A good movie trailer introduces the main things that will be found in the movie. Introductory Paragraph (with main idea and introducing 3 supporting points)


1st supporting paragraph

2nd supporting paragraph

3rd supporting paragaph


Concluding paragraph


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