Gr 12 English Essays For High School

Step 2 - Organize the Essay

Organizing an essay can be done in many forms. Some people like to use graphic organizers like a web. It looks like a spider web with circles connected. In the middle circle, write the main topic. Then make three "spokes" off of the main circle and make three more circles. These will be your body paragraphs' main ideas. Write the topics in those three circles. Then from those, add two to five more lines or "spokes" from those circles to become details you want to talk about in your essay.

Another way to organize an essay is to follow this basic outline form:

Topic______________

Thesis Statement (One sentence that tells the reader what the essay will discuss.)________________________________________________________________________________________________

Body Paragraph #1 main idea ________________________________________________________________

Detail #1_________________________________________________________________________________

Detail #2_________________________________________________________________________________

Detail #3_________________________________________________________________________________

Body Paragraph #2 main idea ________________________________________________________________

Detail #1_________________________________________________________________________________

Detail #2_________________________________________________________________________________

Detail #3_________________________________________________________________________________

Body Paragraph #3 main idea ________________________________________________________________

Detail #1_________________________________________________________________________________

Detail #2_________________________________________________________________________________

Detail #3_________________________________________________________________________________

Conclusion (Wrap up essay and leave reader with interesting thought.)_________________________________

For future reference, this basic outline can be used for many types of writing, such as a persuasive letter.

The Thesis Statement Dilemma

 On my way out the door, I noticed all the English teachers were busily grading essays. "Hey, Bob," I shouted as I stumbled into his

classroom, "Not done with those essays yet? I finished mine an hour ago."

"How'd you grade them so fast?" he asked.

"It's simple," I responded, "I didn't teach my students how to write a thesis statement, so grading their essays was easy. I just gave them all F's. While you guys waste your time teaching valuable lessons and then having to actually grade their essays, we watch movies."

"So, none of your students know anything about writing?"

"Nope."

"You're a disgrace!" Bob shouted. He moved toward me, stapler in hand.

Next thing I remember, I was surrounded by angry tax-payers. Angry tax-payer #1 shouted, "Get up you thief! Our tax dollars pay your salary and you're supposed to teach the children of this great state how to write! I suggest you start doing your job tomorrow morning, or you'll pay dearly!" The angry tax-payer clubbed me with a ruler and knocked me out again. When I awoke, I saw lesson ideas on my desk titled "Writing a Thesis Statement."

I now share these ideas with you.

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