ESSAY WRITINGAttention Center of Tampa BayJennifer Connell-WandstratDirector of Education
STRUCTURE OF AN ESSAY Every essay has to have a beginning, middle and an end. The introduction with a HOOK and a thesis sentence. The Body of the essay. The conclusion with the CLINCHER.
THE INTRODUCTIONThis part of the essay HOOKS the reader. It also tellswhat the essay is going to be about. The thesissentence works best at the end of this paragraph.
INTRODUCTION HOOK Thesis A dramatic opener. One or two sentences that state the idea of the essay. Look up into the night sky and The Universe is a vast place count the stars. that we will always wonder about. Many Spanish explorers “Land Ho!” landed on the shores of the New World looking for Gold, Guts, and Glory. “The British are coming!” The 2nd Amendment guarantees citizens of the right to bear arms.
THESIS SENTENCE Usually appears at the end of the Introduction Paragraph. Should set up the format or sequence for the rest of the paragraph. Clearly express what the essay is about. It should be a discussible point.
AN EXAMPLE INTRODUCTION The historical ride of Paul Revere wasn’t staged in order to start a revolution but to keep the Colonists’ store of guns safe. The guns were being stored at Lexington and Concord and the British were on the way there. As a gun owner I believe all citizens should have the right to own a gun, should be regulated in the buying of a gun, and should know their rights before they purchase a firearm.
BODY OF THE ESSAY This contains the evidence. There can be 3 paragraphs or 100. Each paragraph follows the basic paragraph format; Topic Sentence- should be one of the points made in the thesis sentence. Detail sentences- include examples Conclusion/Transitional sentence-wraps up this part and moves your reader to the next part.
CONCLUSION Summary- One or two sentences which restate the thesis in a fresh new way. The clincher is a final thought which should create a lasting impression on the reader.