1. WHAT IS AN ESSAY?
•It is an organized piece of
writing that focuses on a
•It is organized around a
general idea or thesis.
THESIS develops from all the main
ideas in the supporting paragraphs.
Paragraphas that develope the
thesis are the BODY of the essay.
Begins with an INTRODUCTION.
Ends with a CONCLUDING
What are you writing about and
supporting throughout your essay?
Like the main idea in the
paragraph, it is a generalization and
includes all paragraphs in your
4. THESIS STATEMENT
A sentence in the essay that states
Usually expressed in the first
paragraph, as part of the
It should not be neither too
general, nor too specific.
5. WHY WRITE AN ESSAY?
Writing an essay helps us express
our ideas more clealy and
It helps us to convey much
information in a small amount of
6. PARTS OF AN ESSAY
 The reader’s first contact with the
topic from your perspective.
 Major influence on the reader’s
desire to keep reading.
 Reader begins to evaluate the
essay, based on the introduction.
7. INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH
Make a bridge to connect the
attention getting sentence to our
Conclude introductory paragraph
with the most important idea of the
essay, the THESIS STATEMENT.
8. BODY OF AN ESSAY
 Set of paragraphs that develope the idea
expressed in the thesis statement.
 Make a list of main ideas that support
the thesis statement. Each idea
becomes the main idea sentences for a
 Plan out each body paragraph by
listing major details that support each
 Each paagraph may end with a
9. CONCLUSION OF AN
To leave the reader with a positive
impression, a sense of
completeness, and the inclination to
think about the topic.
Usually a short, single paragraph.
It should not give more information
about the topic.
It can be a restatement of the thesis.
10. ESSAY OUTLINE
 THESIS STATEMENT
 Body paragraph 1: main idea 1 + major details
 Body paragraph 2: main idea 2 + major details
 Body paragraph 3: main idea 3 + major details
 Partial restatement of the thesis statement.
 A conclusionthat clarifies the thesis.
 A concluding remark about the importance of