How to Organize an Essay

Capitalize the important words in your title. No underlining, no quotation marks, no period.

 
 

 


         Title

 

   Interesting opening/ Background

 

Thesis statement

 

Conclusion:

A story, summary, or

prediction.  Wrap up your essay.

 

Transition and

Topic sentence

 

Development

 

 

Climax

 

Transition and Topic sentence

 

Development

 

 

Climax

 
Introductory paragraph:

Start with a story, question, or

interesting fact.

 

Your opinion belongs in the

thesis and drives your whole

essay. The thesis statement

and topic sentences should

BODY

 
make sense when theyŐre  

read together.

 

Your thesis states your topic and your point of view about it.

 

BODY paragraphs:

Start each one with a topic sentence. Use stories, facts and details as development. Save the best story, fact, or detail for last. It will become your climax.

 

BODY

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                           

 

 

 

Write as many BODY paragraphs as you need. (Most college essays will have three.)

 

Your last BODY paragraph is the climax—your biggest and best supporting paragraph. Use a strong transition: Most of all, most important. Never use finally, last, or last but not least.

 

CLIMAX BODY

 

Climax transition and Topic Sentence

 

Development

 

 

Climax

 

Your conclusion reinforces your thesis.  DonŐt start anything new here.