• Introduction (6-8 sentences)

  • Body Paragraph 1 (8-12 sentences)

  • Body Paragraph 2 (8-12 sentences)

  • Body Paragraph 3 (8-12 sentences)

  • Conclusion (6-8 sentences)

  • Lead-in (attention getter)

  • Build up to thesis statement

  • Thesis statement (main idea of the essay+essay map: main argument + the three points you’re going to discuss)

  • Topic sentence 1 (main idea of the paragraph)

  • Supporting details (2-3 examples to support your topic sentence)

  • Concluding sentence (wraps up paragraph and ties everything together)

  • Topic sentence 2

  • Supporting details

  • Concluding sentence

  • Topic sentence 3

  • Supporting details

  • Concluding sentence

  • Paraphrase thesis statement

  • Paraphrase topic sentences

  • Final thoughts (what do you want the reader to do/remember?)

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