Three Paragraph Essay: Introductory• The introductory paragraph should also include the thesis statement, a kind of mini-outline for the essay.• This is where the writer grabs the readers attention.• It tells the reader what the paper is about.• The last sentence of this paragraph must also include a transitional "hook" which moves the reader to the first paragraph of the body of the essay.
Three Paragraph Essay: Body• This paragraph should include the strongest argument, most significant example, cleverest illustration, or an obvious beginning point.• The subject for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence.• This subject should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.• The last sentence in this paragraph should include a transition that signals the reader that this is the final major point being made in this essay.
Three Paragraph Essay: Summary• The third paragraph is the summary paragraph.• It is important to restate the thesis and the supporting idea in an original and powerful way as this is the last chance the writer has to convince the reader of the validity of the information presented.
Three Paragraph Essay: Summary• This paragraph should include the following: – an allusion to the pattern used in the introductory paragraph, – a restatement of the thesis statement, using some of the original language or language that "echoes" the original language. – a summary of the main point from the body of the essay – a final statement that gives the reader signals that the discussion has come to an end
Example: 1st Paragraph Ive had a great many embarrassing moments inmy life. Some of the most embarrassing haveoccurred while I was attending school. One of thesemoments happened in high school during my junioryear. I remember it well because it concerned anevent that I deeply feared I would encounter duringmy formative years: a high school dance. Not that Iwas a poor dancer. Nothing of the sort! It was justthat I had to do it with girls. Later in life, I found outthat if I had to do it, doing it with girls had itsadvantages. But thats another story.
Example 2nd paragraph The scene was the high school cafeteria. The red-facedmoment occurred during a Sadie Hawkins Day auction. Therewas, you see, a particular girl attending said school who wasvery ugly. She was so ugly, in fact, that we--my schoolcompadres and I--used the word "ooglay" to refer to her: aword that connotes outright, without-a-doubt nastiness in thelooks department. Anyway, lucky me, old "parrot-beak" (as wesometimes called her), with a great deal of fanfare andflourish, picked me as the slob of the hour and plunked downgood money to confirm her choice. Embarrassed isnt reallythe word I want here. Mortified is more like it. I wasmortified, horrified, embarrassed, and downright shocked atthe prospect of attending a school dance with the Beast ofBabcock High.
Example 3rd paragraph Looking back at this event with an agedeye, an eye steeped in a broth of maturity andexperience, I find that I am still embarrassed. Myembarrassment today, however, stems from therealization that never was I so cruel and heartless asI was at that auction some thirty years ago. Oftendo I wonder how that girl must have felt as the jeersand catcalls of an undisciplined mob cascadedaround her. I fervently hope that I shall never meetthis girl face to face in the present. That wouldsurely be the most embarrassing moment of mylife.