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Essay Writing: Hamburger Helper Style

The Essay: Hamburger Style

  • Appetizing Introduction


  • Your introduction should be a PARAGRAPH!
    • Should consist of general background information while identifying the themes (topics) that will be addressed.
    • Your introduction will INCLUDE YOUR THESIS STATEMENT.

Thesis Statements

  • is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
  • is a single sentence in your first paragraph that presents your argument or position to the reader.

Thesis Statements

  • Which one is an acceptable thesis?
    • In this essay I am going to tell you about my family, my hobbies, and my goals.
    • I am a unique person who is blessed with a loving family, kept busy by many hobbies, and driven by my goals.

Unacceptable Intro Paragraph

  • This essay is all about me. In my first paragraph, I am going to tell you about my family. They are important to me. In my second paragraph I’m going to talk about my hobbies. Last I will talk about my goals. I am a person with a family, hobbies, and goals.

Great Intro Paragraph

  • Everyone in the world is different, even if it is just in the smallest ways. While everyone has family, interests, and goals, the ones that I have are unique to me. My family has had a big influence on the person I have become, and my hobbies have shaped many of my life experiences. Similarly, the goals that I have set for myself have guided me along my life journey. I am a unique person who is blessed with a loving family, kept busy by many hobbies, and driven by my goals.


  • They provide logical organization and understandability and improve the connections and transitions between thoughts
  • A coherent paper allows the reader to flow from the first supporting point to the last.
  • Transitions indicate relations, whether within a sentence, paragraph, or paper.


  • First
  • Second
  • Third
  • Generally
  • Furthermore
  • Finally
  • Additionally
  • Lastly
  • Similarly
  • As well as
  • After
  • Before
  • Meanwhile
  • While
  • Next
  • Although
  • Again
  • Because

Body Paragraphs

  • Ensure each body paragraph is focused on one topic
  • Use 3.8 format to help you structure your work!
  • Must have a topic and conclusion sentence for each body paragraph.

3.8 Format body paragraph

  • 1st sentence- Introduction
  • 2nd and 3rd sentences- Point number 1
  • 4th and 5th sentences- Point number 2
  • 6th and 7th sentences- Point number 3
  • 8th sentence- Conclusion
  • My family is important to me. My parents are my biggest supporters. They have been there for me my entire life. My sisters , brother-in-law, and nieces are also wonderful. I love to spend time with them. Last, but not least, is my husband. We met in college and have been married for three years now. I am lucky to have a great family.

Strong Body Paragraph example…

  • My family is very important to me. My parents, Rick & Jenny, are two of the most important people in my life. They have been my role models and provided an excellent example for me my entire life, and inspired me to become a teacher as they always stressed the value and importance of education. My sisters, brother-in-law, and nieces are some of my favorite people to spend time with. Amy, Megan, and David and I hang out as often as we can, and Madelyn and Ella are the funniest little toddlers on the planet as far as I’m concerned. Last, but definitely not least is my husband, John. We met in college and have been married for three years, and now are looking forward to starting our own family later this year. I am so blessed to have the family that I do.

Conclusion Paragraphs

  • Final impressions are important, almost as important as first impressions. A concluding paragraph is the last impression you will make on your reader, so make it good!
  • Your concluding paragraph must:
  • RESTATE YOUR THESIS IN A FRESH WAY. Do not use the same wording that you used in your thesis.

Conclusion Paragraphs

  • Provide a sense of closure.
  • Do not confuse the reader with new ideas or added information.
  • Conclusions are often the most difficult part of an essay to write since many writers think they have nothing left to say when they finish their last body paragraph. A writer needs to keep in mind the conclusion is often what the reader remembers best, so the conclusion should be just as effective as the rest of the essay.

Sample Conclusion

  • While I am a pretty average person, there are many things that make me who I am. Throughout my life, I know I am lucky to have my family by my side, and I will always value our relationships. My family has been by my side as I have developed and explored my many hobbies which shape my free time and make life more interesting. Furthermore, setting goals has allowed me to become the person I am today, and that is someone that I am proud of. While I may not live the most exciting life, I know I am fortunate to have the life that I do.

Hamburger Method

  • Body of Your Essay
  • Introduction/ Thesis
  • 3 Paragraphs 1) Topic Sentence 2) Detail 3) Supprt
  • 4) Detail
  • 5) Support
  • 6) Detail
  • 7) Support
  • 8) Conclude/ transition
  • A Broad Statement on the Topic Question
  • General Background Information
  • The Thesis Statement, including 3 Points you want to prove that make up the ESSAY BODY
  • Restate your thesis
  • Recap your points
  • Analysis/Conclusion
  • Conclusion

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