Expository Essay
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Section 1

 Gain your reader’s interest by using a “hook,” then introduce your main idea and thesis.

Introduction

Hook: A famous writer once said that “[quotation related to your topic]” example: “a dog is a man’s best friend.” 

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Topic Sentence: This is true when applied to [summarize your main topic: example, “my own dog Sammy.”

Section 2

Include supporting ideas about your main thesis. Try to anticipate or answer questions your readers are likely to have. Each of your “supporting ideas” paragraphs should contain one main idea and at least one supporting example.

Supporting Idea 1

Starting Sentence Option 1: An established fact about [my topic] is that [state fact.]

Starting Sentence Option 2: One thing I’ve observed frequently about [my topic] is [________]

Section 3

Introduce another main point. Support your ideas with statements that reinforce your point. Each of your “supporting ideas” paragraphs should contain one main idea and at least one supporting example. 

Supporting Idea 2

Starting Sentence Option 1: Further, [my topic] is relevant in [the world/my life] because [state reason.]

Starting Sentence Option 2: Many experts have studied my topic including [name expert]. He found that [quote or paraphrase a fact from your chosen expert.]

Section 4

Add another main point. Use specific details to enforce your main points. Add additional or important information. Each of your “supporting ideas” paragraphs should contain one main idea and at least one supporting example. 

Supporting Idea 3

Starting Sentence Option 1: Another key element of [my topic] is [________]. 

Starting Sentence Option 2: Further study of my topic reveals that [state fact or statistic.]

Section 5

This is your conclusion. Tie your main points together and reinforce the main idea. Try to add additional memorable insight about your main point. 

Conclusion

Starting Sentence Option 1: Overall, [my topic] is notable for its impact on [“me,”/”my family,”/”society,”/”culture,”/”science,”]

Starting Sentence Option 2: [My topic] is a rich subject for further [“investigation,” “inquiry,”] and influences [state what your topic influences]

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