Below is a diagram of the basic essay guidelines. Remember, "Body Paragraphs" simply stand for Specific Ideas for your thesis. There can be many more than simply three. (from: Bookrags.com)
  • I. Introduction
    1. Opening
      • Sentence
      • Anecdote
      • Quotation - Possibly a quote from the Bible
      • Generalization
    2. Explanation of opening, leading into Thesis Statement
    3. Thesis Statement
      • Name, Title, Event
      • General argument
      • 3+ reasons why your argument is true (3+ pieces of evidence)
  • II. Body Paragraph
    1. Opening Sentence (pertaining to Reason/Theme #1)
    2. Explanation
    3. Evidence A
    4. Explanation of evidence A
    5. Possible evidence B
    6. Explanation of possible evidence B
    7. Mini-conclusion only about Reason/Theme #1
  • III. Body Paragraph 2
    1. Transitional/ Opening Sentence (pertaining to Reason/Theme #2)
    2. Explanation
    3. Evidence C
    4. Explanation of evidence D
    5. Possible evidence E
    6. Explanation of possible evidence #F
    7. Mini-conclusion only about Reason/Theme #2
  • IV. Body Paragraph 3
    1. Transitional/Opening Sentence (pertaining to Reason/Theme #3)
    2. Explanation
    3. Evidence G
    4. Explanation of evidence H
    5. Possible evidence I
    6. Explanation of possible evidence I
    7. Mini-conclusion only about Reason/Theme #3
  • V. Conclusion
    1. Transitional sentence wrapping up paper
      • Return to original anecdote/quotation/generalization
    2. Reconfirm your argument, recounting how you have proven it
      • Write a mini-thesis, this time with more assertion
    3. Possibly throw out a new idea (related to your thesis)
      • Optional