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How to Write an Essay

Teaching 9-12th grade students how to write an essay.
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Alicia DePetro

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of How to Write an Essay

How to Write an Essay Getting Started
Choose the central idea
Brainstorm
Pick a specific topic
Create your thesis Outline your essay into
introductory, body and
summary paragraphs. The first paragraph is the introduction
paragraph; it should begin with an
interesting sentence. Then develop the rest of
the introduction by
introducing the main topic(s)
or information that will be
presented in the essay. The last sentence of the
introduction paragraph
should be the thesis
statement. First paragraph = introduction paragraph
Second-Third paragraph = body paragraph(s)
Fourth paragraph = conclusion paragraph 2nd paragraph begins the
first body paragraph. This
is where the writer first
introduces one topic to
discuss. 3rd paragraph begins the
2nd body paragraph. This
is where the writer
discusses the second topic. There can be multiple body paragraphs
depending on how many topics are being
discusses. (one paragraph per topic) The last paragraph is the
conclusion paragraph. This
is where the writer closes
the essay by restating an
overview of what the essay
revealed. Also, the thesis
needs to be restated in the
conclusion paragraph. A thesis statement is a sentence that
explains what your paper intends on
discussing or proving. Now you are finished! Your
paper should look like this:
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