How to Write an Essay

The Skeleton Outline

 

The teachers at GGMSS have a very set way of writing essays. They call this the Skeleton Outline, and it makes things much easier when it comes to writing essays. Here is the format for what you need to do when writing an essay.

 

INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH

 

Sentence #1: A general statement about your topic. (needs to be very general and not specific)

 

Sentence #2: Relating your topic to society (i.e. things that happen in society are similar to your topic)

 

Sentence #3: Mentioning the author and title of the novel (if writing essay on story/novel. If not, simply state a more specific statement about your topic without stating your thesis)

 

Sentence #4: Your topic/thesis sentence. Here you will mention your topic (e.g. Apples are the best fruit because) and three sub points (e.g. they are delicious, they have a good texture, and they are nutritious).

 

BODY PARAGRAPH'S

Sentence #1: Use transition word (e.g. Firstly, Secondly, Also, Lastly, depending on which body paragraph you are doing) and restate your first** sub point, along with three support

points for this sub-point

 

Sentence #2: First support point for this sub point

 

Sentence #3: Quote (if writing on novel/story. If not, use an example of this, or go more in depth)

 

Sentence #4: Discussion (talk more about this point)

 

Sentence #5: Second support point for this sub point

 

Sentence #6: Quote (if writing on novel/story. If not, use an example of this, or go more in depth)

 

Sentence #7:Discussion (talk more about this point)

 

Sentence #8:Third support point for this sub point

 

Sentence #9:Quote (if writing on novel/story. If not, use an example of this, or go more in

depth)

 

Sentence #10:Discussion (talk more about this point)

 

Sentence #11: Ending word (finally...) re-state sentence #1

 

**The paragraph format stays the same throughout the essay, however sub points and support points change (i.e. For the first paragraph, you would write about apples being delicious, but for the second paragraph you would write about their texture.)

 

Conclusion

 

Sentence #1: Re-write your thesis sentence (its OK if it looks similar to the sentence #4 in the intro)


Sentence #2: Bring back the author and title (if writing essay on story/novel. If not, simply state a more specific statement about your topic without stating your thesis)


Sentence #3: Refer to society again (making somewhat of a different point)


Sentence #4: Write a question intended for making the reader think.

 

This sentence is usually where people mess up. The sentence needes to make the reader think, or question something relevant to the topic. Don't write something like: And that is why apples are the best fruit. The teachers would prefer something like: What if those wonderful apple, were gone?

 

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Essay Samples

 

Coming Soon. Samples of the To Kill a Mockingbird Essay.