Essays

Essay writing is when you express an opinion and then use facts and Qoutes to support your opponion and hopefully convince other people to think the same way.  The basic format for essays is intro, at least three reasons, and then a conclusion.  Here is an organizer for that.  If you are writing an essay right now, print this page out and fill in the blanks.

Introductory Sentence: Even though____________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________, I think __________________________________________________________________________________ because _______________________________________________________________, ___________________________________________________________, and ______________ ____________________.

Reason One:

 

  • Evidence one:

 

  • Evidence two:

 

  • Evidence three:

 

Reason Two:

 

  • Evidence one:

 

  • Evidence two:

 

  • Evidence three:

 

Reason Three:

 

  • Evidence one:

 

  • Evidence two:

 

  • Evidence three:

 

Conclusion (in no particular order):

  • Explain why the reader should agree with some of the stronger pieces of evidence that someone who disagrees with your claim would use
  • Restate your claim and your three reasons
  • Leave the reader thinking so they remember your essay

Another essay structure could be writing your claim and then listing all of your reasons, explanation, and conclusion in one big paragraph.  Here is an organizer for that:

Introductory Sentence:

Some people might think that____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________, but I think that _________________________________________________________________________________________.  Reason One:_______________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________Explanation One: _________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Reason Two:__________________________________________________________________________ Explanation Two:________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Reason Three:___________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________Explanation Three: ________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Reason Four:____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Explanation Four: ________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Reason Five:____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Explanation Five: _________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________Concluding Sentence: ______________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________