This simple step-by-step guide might make a great handout for your students!
Time Required: 45 minutes
- Before you begin writing, decide on your answer to the question asked of you. This is your basic thesis.
- Before you begin writing, decide on what three pieces of evidence/support you will use to prove your thesis.
- Write your introductory paragraph. Place your thesis along with your three pieces of evidence in order of strength (least to most) at the end of this paragraph.
- Write the first paragraph of your body. You should begin by restating your thesis, focussing on the support of your first piece of evidence.
- End your first paragraph with a transitional sentence that leads to paragraph number two.
- Write paragraph two of the body focussing on your second piece of evidence. Once again make the connection between your thesis and this piece of evidence.
- End your second paragraph with a transitional sentence that leads to paragraph number three.
- Repeat step #6 using your third piece of evidence.
- Begin your concluding paragraph by restating your thesis. Include the three points you've used to prove your thesis.
- Never use I or you (Unless specifically told that it is allowed).
- Do not use contractions in formal writing.