How to format.
Introduction: 3-5 Sentences
Let’s now look at how to create an essay’s introduction paragraph. A hook is a powerful way to start off your essay. Hooks are a short, powerful sentence that grabs the attention of the reader and keeps them reading the whole text. You can use it as a rhetorical question or literary quote, jokes, metaphors, similes, facts, or statistics. It is important to verify the credibility of any information you use.
- The introduction is the foundation for the rest. The hook sentence is the first sentence.
- It’s like a spark to a fire. It grabs the attention of the reader.
- A hook can be either a rhetorical question or a life example.
A Brief Introduction to Supporting Arguments (1-3).
You will be briefly introducing your supporting arguments to the reader.
Quick Tip Think of it like a trailer for your movie. It should be interesting, but not reveal the plot.
Take, for example: Preserving our environment is key to maintaining a healthy planet.
The thesis statement is the core of your essay. It is your argument. This statement will form the foundation for the rest. We have been discussing nature preservation. An example of a good thesis is:
Quick Tip If you feel that the body paragraphs do not support your thesis, you may go back and amend it.
Body Paragraphs 1 and 2 (5-7 Sentences).
Let’s look at how to begin a body paragraph. All body paragraphs are important, but the opening paragraph is the most important. It may contain the most powerful argument. Writers should choose the most compelling example, the best illustration and the clearest starting point, which is the topic sentence. Don’t forget to include a “reverse-hook” sentence. Every argument in the body must be related to the thesis. These are other facts about the body
- This is where you present the position that you are supporting. It must relate to your thesis sentence.
- A body paragraph usually has the following structure: Intro sentence (1); Supporting Argument Explanation (3-5), Conclusion Sentence (1)
- Your introduction sentence should briefly present your argument without giving away too much.
- What about the Supporting Argument? This is how you can take the topic and go into detail while defending your thesis.
- The Concluding Sentence should not be the same as the intro. Instead of introducing your argument in the intro, you should briefly conclude it and then transition into the next.
All 3 paragraphs of the body are formatted in the same way.
These are the arguments:
- Your strongest argument should be in the 1st paragraph.
- Your weakest argument should be in the 2nd body.
- Your strongest argument should be in the third body.
Conclusion (3-5 Sentences). The “Mirror” of Your Intro
These elements must be included in the last paragraph of your paper:
- A reference to the opening section.
- Rewrite your thesis statement using your original language and interpretation. Do not copy-paste.
- Summary of the three main points in the paper’s body.
- A closing statement to alarm the reader that the discussion is ending.
Take a look at the details of the steps to create a strong conclusion paragraph.
Restate your thesis (Sentence 1)
Rephrase your main argument (thesis). Paraphrasing it assertively. Demonstrate that you have “proved” your point.
End your supporting arguments (1-3 Sentences).
Consider your supporting arguments (or body paragraphs), and take the main points that you have made. Rephrase them in one sentence for each paragraph. What if the supporting arguments are related? Combining them together will create a coherent structure.
Concluding Hook Sentence
A great way to close an essay is to surprise the reader with something completely unexpected. Make a second hook. It should sum up the entire story in just a few words.
This adds spice to the five-paragraph essay and forces the reader to question your assertion.