This page updated:  10/23/2020

Essay Parts

Essay Parts


Returning Students:  Compare & Contrast Topic Sentences to Intro Paragraphs

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The Goal: 

Let's dig a little deeper into the construction of a paragraph by examining the parts that make up any paragraph.   Once we clearly understand the piece parts that make up a strong paragraph, we can take that understanding and apply it to a similar model for the mini essay.


1.  Watch the videos below.  Be sure you can identify all the parts of a paragraph and what each part does.  Be sure to print out and use the word list and printable from the previous page of this lesson.

2. Before you go on to the next page, tell a parent the name of each paragraph part in order, and explain its function.  Do this without assistance so you have it clearly in your head.



By this point, you've practiced creating great sentences and paragraphs.  Even though there is always room for improvement, you have shown that you understand

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Now we will move on to the basic essay.  We will explore basic essay format, thesis statement, points or reasons; and how to construct introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs

The Details:


Remember our Hamburger Paragraph example?  Each part of the paragraph "grows up" as our writing goes from paragraphs to full essays.   

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  1. Watch the videos on the hamburger essay and basic essay format. 

  2. Use the videos, word list, and printables to help you answer the questions in the activity below. 


A quick note:  in Shaun's video, he talks about summarizing in the conclusion paragraph.  We will not be doing this.

From Hamburger Paragraph to Hamburger Essay

Looking Deeper:  Basic Essay Structure