The Basic Structure of an Essay
Essays are made up of 3 basic parts that help you make a strong and detailed argument when responding to writing topics:
- Introduction: This is the first paragraph in your essay. It provides general information about your topic before making your thesis statement.
- Body Paragraphs: Each body paragraph will discuss one of the main points that support your thesis (you should have three or more main points in a strong argument). Each of your main points should be supported with evidence and examples that help to explain your point and prove your argument. End each body paragraph with a strong concluding sentence that helps connect the ideas discussed in the paragraph with your thesis and your other points.
- Conclusion: This is the last paragraph in your essay. Use it to summarize your argument and reinforce what you have said. Avoid paraphrasing wording from other parts of your essay. Make it clear to your readers how they should use the information you have given them.