• Writing Resources

     Basic Essay Format

    Introductory Paragraph:

    • Hook
    • TAG (title, author, genre) and main idea of story
    • Thesis Statement (answer to the essay prompt) and three reasons

    3 Body Paragraphs:

    • Topic Sentence (reason 1) (reason 2) (reason 3)
    • Evidence (event from the story or quote, including page #)
    • Explanation of evidence and how it supports the thesis
    • Elaboration 

    Conclusion Paragraph:

    • Restate the thesis
    • Summarize 3 reasons
    • Concluding thought

    Thesis Statement:

    Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence. 

Last Modified on October 13, 2018