Paper Writing: Introduction, Body and Conclusion

Paper Writing: Introduction, Body and Conclusion

Author: Nikki Hansen

This packet discusses the essay, and how to write one. This packet also discusses the different components of the essay including the intro, body and concluding paragraphs.

In this packet you will have access to a slide show (with pointers) that discusses a few types of different essays. You will receive instruction on how to construct an essay, as well as how to shape different paragraphs. There is also a song to help you remember the steps to essay writing.

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What is an essay made up of?

A standard essay is made up of 5 paragraphs.  An introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs and a conclusion. 

First, we'll talk about the introductory paragraph:  In this paragraph, you give a brief overview of the topics you're going to talk about.  Generally you will provide three topics of discussion. You will provide your thesis in this paragraph. 

The thesis acts as a roadmap for the entire essay.  The point you are trying to prove is stated in the thesis, and generally falls at the end of the introductory paragraph.

In the body paragraphs you delve deeper into the points made in your intro paragraph.

Following the last body paragraph, you will provide a conclusion paragraph. In your conclusion you will sum up the points you made, and restate your thesis. 

Example of a short 5 paragraph essay about writing an essay:

It is important in education today that students know how to write a five paragraph essay.  Most five paragraph essays include an introduction like this one, as well as three body paragraphs and a conclusion.  Each body paragraph argues a different point.  The first body paragraph argues the strongest point, the second boy paragraph argues the second strongest point and the third body paragraph argues the weakest point.  The conclusion ends the essay, and restates the thesis which belongs here.

The first paragraph contains the strongest argument in the paper (or the mot obvious beginning point).  The topic for this paragraph, as with the other paragraphs should be stated within the first several sentences.  The thesis should be supported by content in the paragraph.  Then you should move on to the next paragraph, providing a clear transition.

The second paragraph should contain the second most significant example or point in the paper. It should provide evidence for the point being made (as should the other paragraphs) with quotes or other content.  It should relate to the thesis (in favor of or against it).  Then this paragraph can be wrapped up neatly, and transition nicely into the next paragraph.

The third paragraph should contain the weakest argument, follow up to the previous point(s), weakest example, etc.  All of the paragraphs should flow seamlessly together, and should not feel awkward or disjointed.  This paragraph should also tie into the thesis.  The last sentence in this paragraph should signify somehow that you are moving into your conclusion; this paragraph should feel complete.

The concluding paragraph should slightly mirror the introduction.  You should revisit the points you made in your previous paragraphs. This paragraph should echo your thesis/ provide a description of how you proved your thesis (i.e "through the intense character analysis of Hester Prynne through her interactions with Pearl we find 1, 2 and 3). Then, provide a final statement signifying you have completed your paper/point/argument. 

Source: wiki, nikki

Different Types of Essays (and a few things to remember)!

This brief slideshow discusses different types of essays, as well as a two points to remember.

The Essay Song (There is no image provided! Nothing is wrong with your computer!)

This song will help you remember the steps to writing an essay!

Source: myself and a little inspiration from grancie