Studying High School Essays Format

When you are in high school and have an essay assignment there are many formats that you can choose from. You can choose these formats based on the length requirements of the essay or if the essay is supposed to be written in MLA or APA college formats to teach you how those formats work.

For the purposes of this article we will discuss a basic essay format for beginners.

  1. Introduction
  2. The first paragraph of an essay should be the “thesis” statement paragraph. It will introduce what you hope to accomplish through the rest of the essay. It should be interesting enough to make the reader want more. Think of it as a movie trailer. There are some movie trailers that make you think you would really like to see the movie and then there are some that just make you want to change the channel. Your first paragraph is the trailer to the rest of the essay.

  3. Body 1
  4. The first paragraph of the body is the most important of all three body paragraphs. It should be the one most closely connected to what you said in the introduction. It should also be transitional. It is a way to bring the introduction down to a level where it can be discussed.

  5. Body 2
  6. In the second paragraph of the body you will have the second most important aspect of the introduction. This could be supporting information or facts or whatever is relevant to the introduction without being as important as what was in the first body paragraph.

  7. Body 3
  8. This is where you put the least important supporting information. It only needs to be a few sentences long and should not repeat anything that came before it.

  9. Conclusion
  10. The conclusion is the very last part of the essay. It should bring together everything that was discussed before it in a way that links all of the information into one paragraph. Think of this as the last scene in a movie. This is where the story ends.

That is it! That is all there is to writing an essay in standard high school format. The body can be longer or shorter depending on length requirements but that is basically how you do it. The introduction and conclusion paragraphs never change regardless of length requirements. You must always have an introduction and a conclusion.

Posted by December 6th, 2016