• Students should use the following outline to

    guide them through the essay writing process:

     
    I.  Introduction- Introduces the essay
     
          
           A.  Hook- Grab the reader's interest with one of the following ideas:
     
                    1.   Give background information or a definition in 1-3 sentences
                    2.  Use a teaser from the essay question or use a quote from a text you are writing about
     
           B.  Link the hook to the thesis:  Include a TAG (Title, Author, Genre) of the text(s) the essay will discuss
     
           C.  Thesis Statement- One sentence that tells the reader what the essay will be about
     
                     1.  Restate the question, and include your opinion
                     
                      DO NOT say, "In this essay I will talk about..."  Just say it!
     

     
    II.  Body Paragraphs The amount depends on the question.   
                                                                A basic rule:  New idea=new paragraph.
     
     
           A.  Topic Sentence- Tells the reader what the paragraph is about, usually restates the question
     
           B.  Evidence/Supporting Details- 2-3 pieces of text based evidence that help you prove your point
     
           C.  Analysis- an explanation of the evidence, and how it connects or matters to the topic
     

     
    III.  Conclusion- Sums up the essay
     
     
           A. Restate the thesis statement
     
           B.  Final Thought- End with something so the reader will walk away saying, "Wow, that was a powerful essay!"
                   
                    1.  End with a  quote
                    2.  Make a connection
                    3.  Call to action