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Introduction (6-8 sentences)

Lead-in (attention getter)

Every person has unique qualities, that shapes them and makes them who they are.

Build up to thesis statement

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

I consider myself a strong person because I had a tough childhood, I made it through high school, and i have a family that is constantly fighting.

Body Paragraph 1 ( 6-12 Sentences)

Topic Sentence 1 (main idea of the paragraph)

I’m tough because growing up I wasn’t very lucky, everyday something bad had to happen.

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

  • 2 families
  • aggressive father
  • confused

Concluding Sentence (wraps up paragraph and ties everything together)

Body Paragraph 2 (6-12 sentences)

Topic Sentence 2

Another reason i’m strong is because i made it through high school.

Supporting details

  • first one to graduate out of 8
  • 3 different schools
  • AP classes

Concluding Sentence

Body paragraph 3 (6-12 sentences)

Topic sentence 3

At last, living with my family was like living in a house full of crazy people.

Supporting Details

  • Sister
  • addictive brother
  • made it out of there

Concluding Sentence

conclusion (6-8 sentences)

Paraphrase you thesis

Growing up with a messed up family , and traveling through high schools has actually made me stronger and more independent.

paraphrase your topic sentences

Having two families made me appreciate everything i have; not everyone has a family. High school was hard but i did everything in my hands to graduate. Living in my house gave me headaches. All i wanted was to get out of there and I did.

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

I’m very appreciative of all the things i went through, without these experiences i wouldn’t be who I am now!