Writing a draft of your essay
A lot of people get nervous when it’s time to write. Don’t
worry. This is going to be your first draft. The important thing is to
add more to your topic sentences.
- Introductory paragraph of your essay
Reread your introductory sentence. Add a one or two more sentences explaining
your main idea. Remember that the job of your introductory paragraph
is to get your reader’s attention.
- Essay body
Reread your topic sentences. Each topic sentence now becomes the first
sentence of a new paragraph.
Add to the first sentence of each paragraph. Write two or three more
sentences to each. Use these new sentences is to support and explain
your ideas. You can do this by offering facts, details, or examples.
Remember that the job of your essay body is to share ideas with your
reader. See if you can convince your reader to share your opinions.
It’s time to write a final paragraph—your conclusion. A
conclusion restates the main idea of your essay, and sums up what your
essay is about. Do this in one or two sentences. Remember that the job
of your conclusion is to leave your reader with something to think about.