There are many different kinds of essays, short essays, long essays, Cause and Effect, Persuading essays, but the main type of essay is called a 5-paragraph essay. Its pretty simple, just 5 paragraphs! An introductory paragraph, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph. This essay will not only help you to write a basic essay, it will also give hints and tips to making your essay the best!.
First you want to write you introductory paragraph. This consists of general points and attention grabbing details leading to the main idea. Most writers like to use a "hook" in their intro paragraph. It usual can begin with an interesting fact, question, or quote. The main idea is written at the end of the paragraph in a thesis statement, which can contain a few reasons for supporting the main idea. Each of these reasons should be tied into one of the body paragraphs later in the essay. A thesis statement does not always come at the end of the introductory paragraph; some essays have the very first sentence as the thesis statement. .
The first body paragraph usually begins with a transition word or words like "First" or "The first of these reasons" and gives examples and details relating to the first supporting reason. Try not to go off topic or go into another reason. The first paragraph is only used for one of the reasons and don't be too judgmental. Don't say things are the best, the worst, etc. End your first paragraph with a transitional sentence that leads to paragraph number two. .
On to the second body paragraph, you basically repeat what you did with the first paragraph, but now using your second supporting reason. The first sentence usually begins with the word or words such as "Next" or "Second" or "Another reason" or "The second of these reasons". Be sure to include lots of facts. Pretend like you are trying to win an argument. The more facts you can use to support your argument (your thesis), the more formal and professional your essay will sound!.