The opening paragraph is only going to be four sentences long. (we’re not writing a book)
The opening paragraph:
The first thing to do is address the original topic for the essay. Next we need to just mention the ideas that we have chosen to write about (the things in the boxes).
Remember, we aren’t giving details here. That will come in the body of the essay.
Let’s look at a simple example…….
Christmas is my favorite holiday. It is the time of year when we wait for Santa. Everywhere you look, you see lots of decorations. For most of us, it is a time to share with family.
(This is a good, short paragraph)
Now on to the body:
Christmas is the time of year to look for Santa. He is always easy to see in his redsuit. Sometimes you can see him traveling in his shiny sleigh. If you’re really lucky, you’ll get to see his reindeer.
(We have one sentence that mentions Santa. And one sentence for each of our details. Four sentences in all.)
I love seeing all the decorations at Christmas. You can find pretty lights everywhere. Decorations come in every color imaginable to brighten the holiday. Flashing lights and colors are found indoors and outdoors during this season.
(Once again, a sentence for each.)
For me, the best part of all is time with my family. It is sort of a reunion, seeing people we don’t see all year. We always have a great dinner and everyone brings something. After we eat, we spend the evening just catching up.
(OK, getting the idea now?)
Now we’re ready for the closing paragraph. We don’t want to say everything we already said over again, so we’ll do something a bit different.
We’re going to try to fit the following things into our closing paragraph: an opinion, an emotion, and a wish/hope.
Fitting these three things into a paragraph may seem difficult at first, but lets look at how easy it really is.
(Note: I said to put these things in your paragraph, but I didn’t say to use the words themselves).
My favorite holiday will always be Christmas. I think it is the best holiday ofall. I love all the sights and sounds that go with it. I wish it could be Christmas all year.
Can it be that we have just written a really good five paragraph essay and we only wrote 20 sentences?
Is that possible?
It is not only possible, it is probable when you follow the format you’ve just seen.
Essay writing should not be hard.
By following the steps presented here, your essays will be awesome. You’ll find it almost impossible to get off the topic. Each paragraph will have a topic sentence and supporting details. All of your sentences will be good, solid, easy to write, and most importantly, short and to the point.
Ok, what are you sitting there for. Let’s start writing.