Now it’s time to work on your essay plan and there are a few different kinds of structures that you can use to help you with your plan. I personally like the five paragraph structure and I’ll break it down for you now, so that you get an understanding of how to actually go about using it if you want to write your essays this way too. Put it really simply your five paragraph structure is made up of exactly that five paragraphs and it begins of your introductory paragraph which outlines the essay topic. It outlines exactly the kind of points are going to be addressing in your essay and it gives your reader a heads up into what to expect along the way. Then you’re going to introduce three different body paragraphs and each paragraph contains a different subtopic or a different key point that it’s going to focus on. The points are dressed in these three body paragraphs are the ones that you would have mentioned earlier in your introduction and they all relate to your essay question and they all together collectively help to support your argument. After that, your essay is going to end with paragraph number five which is your conclusion paragraph and this is where you’re going to restate your points and show your lecturer, teachers or tutors that you’ve effectively argued your case.
I am mindful that a lot of the time we kind of want to rush through this paragraph because we just think that we’ve made our point and it’s already been discussed in the essay. We’re just going to spend maybe a couple of minutes and write a few sentences, but your conclusion is the very last thing that your teachers are going to read, so it leaves them with a final impression of your work. Therefore, I really encourage to take a little bit more time with writing this section of your essay and make sure that each paragraph is given a dedicated amount of your energy and focus, because at the end of the day it’s a collective effort all of these paragraphs are necessary in order to actually address the essay question.
Who here is ready to write an excellent essay? If you guys are feeling a little overwhelmed with the idea of writing an essay or you feel like you need a little bit more guidance and structure or you’re actually just ready to put all of these tips into practice, then check out my essay planner from Education Week. It’s actually got the five body paragraph as the template displayed and there’s even a section of the bottom to write down useful resources to make sure that you are researching your topic effectively. You can even just tear this off and keep it in your binders, take it to class with you, if you’re writing your essays in class or even just leave it on your desk at home it’s really handy and it actually comes with an additional information.