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