Exploring Writing Chap 15
Parts of a Traditional Essay
1. Introduction Paragraph
a. Thesis Statement
2. Body Paragraphs (at least 3)
a. Topic sentences
b. Supporting details
c. Transitions between paragraphs
3. Concluding Paragraph
•The first paragraph introduces the topic and purpose of the
• Grab the reader’s attention and explain your topic.
•End the paragraph with the thesis statement.
•Thesis statement—a complete sentence that
communicates the topic and controls the overall purpose
of the essay.
• All topic sentences relate to the thesis
•The thesis should be narrow and focused and communicate
the essay’s plan of development.
• Author’s point or purpose and plan of
• The inconvenience of going out, the temptations
of the theater, and the behavior of some patrons
are reasons for me to wait and rent the DVD.
While I love
much as ever,
•The body paragraphs are the main part of the essay.
•They provide organized evidence to prove the thesis
•Each paragraph begins with a topic sentence and develops
only one main idea—one part of the thesis statement.
•Between paragraphs, use transition words and phrases.
•The conclusion ends the essay and leaves the reader with
a final thought.
•Restate the thesis, but do not use the same words as
•Often much shorter than the other paragraphs, but