English II: Writing
How to Write an Essay
In this semester you will have to do some writing assignments called essays. Essays are a few paragraphs you write about one topic. For this class your essays should have four to six paragraphs. These are the introduction, the body paragraphs, and the conclusion paragraph. I will explain these parts and give you advice about how to write them.
The introduction is your first paragraph. You want to get the reader’s attention, introduce your topic very generally, and make a thesis statement. A thesis statement usually is one or two sentences near the end of your introduction which tell what your main points will be. Look at the last two sentences in the introduction above. They tell you that I will explain three parts of an essay and that I will also give you some advice.
The middle paragraphs are called the body of your essay. These are where you explain each of your main points in more detail. Each body paragraph should have it’s own topic. For example, my first body paragraph is about the introduction, this paragraph is about the body, and my next body paragraph will be about the conclusion.
The last paragraph is your conclusion. This is where you restate your main ideas (in new words!), maybe give a suggestion based on the information you wrote in the body, or maybe ask your reader a question to think about. This is your chance to show why the information you wrote about is important.
I also said I would give you advice. First of all, you should follow the form of this essay, and each paragraph should be written in proper form as explained before. Do you still have the paragraph, “Getting the Form Right”? You can use it to help you. Next, you need to think about what you want to write about. You can do this by researching a topic, writing down many ideas, etc. Then, once you have some ideas, you should think how you want to organize them. What will be first, second and third? After that, you should write a draft. A day later you should look at your draft again, and rewrite it. Then you should have your draft checked, get some advice, and rewrite it again. You might do this step two or three times. Finally, you will hand in a printed final draft for a grade.
To summarize, you should write paragraphs with a clear introduction, a few body paragraphs, and a strong conclusion. If you use this information and advice, you will be able to write nice, clear essays for your English classes. Are you ready to start writing essays in English?
The introduction is your first paragraph. You want to get the reader’s attention, introduce your topic very generally, and make a thesis statement. A thesis statement usually is one or two sentences near the end of your introduction which tell what your main points will be. Look at the example below:
Did you have a good summer vacation? I did! In fact my summer vacation was one of the best in my life. This is because I had three wonderful experiences this summer - a trip to Australia, climbing Mt. Fuji, and a trip to the beach with my friends.*
The best experience this summer was a three week trip to Australia. I went there with my family and we…
Another great experience was climbing to the top of Mt. Fuji with my friends from the hiking club. We…
The third wonderful experience this summer was a weekend trip to the beach with my junior high school friends. We had not met for a long time, so we made a plan to…
So, as you can see, I had some great experiences this summer. Going abroad with my family, joining a challenge with my new friends, and having a blast with my old friends were experiences I will remember a long time. I hope I have many more summers like this in the future.
*This is because I had three wonderful experiences this summer. I took a trip to Australia, climbed Mt. Fuji, and also took a trip to the beach with my friends.
Ways to order (organize) an essay:
Ways to get ideas:
Ways to first get your ideas into writing:
Write a 200-225 word essay draft titled “Three Important Things in My Summer.” Start with notes, then write a draft in a Google document. Print the draft and give your rubric and the draft to me next week.
Step one: Think about what to write and make notes (use word web, brainstorming, or your timed writing).
Step two: Start writing your essay in your google document. Finish as homework.
Step three: Print your essay, give me the essay and rubric next week in class.