I. Introduction: This is where readers will get an idea of what your essay is about and what you will prove throughout. Do not give all of your information
away here, but give readers a sample of what is to come. Don’t forget to review your writing plan to make sure you are hitting all of the points that you
planned out while also stating your argument.
A. Provide an overview of the issue you have selected, briefly describing main points and your argument.
B. Compose an engaging thesis statement that explains the argument you will prove and support throughout your essay. This statement will give
direction to your essay and should be well thought out.
II. Body: The body is your opportunity to describe and support your argument in depth. Make sure your thoughts and evidence are clear and organized in a
way that is easy for readers to follow and understand.
A. Be sure that you write at least three paragraphs that support your key points and are focused, clearly state their intent, and move logically from
one to the other, building the thesis argument as the essay progresses.
B. Your body paragraphs should support your argument by combining thoughts and ideas with evidence from sources. There is no such thing as a
right or wrong argument; the key is how it is supported and the quality of the evidence used.
C. Address and refute any opposing viewpoints to your argument. This is your chance to discredit any opposing views, thus strengthening your
III. Conclusion: Think of the conclusion as a review of your argument. Use this section to restate your argument and remind readers of your supporting
evidence. Think of this as your last chance to persuade readers to agree with you.