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Essay Structure

The structure of an essay is its basic make up.  Think of it as an essay's skeleton. There are four basic parts to almost any essay: introduction, thesis statement, body paragraphs and conclusion.

The Basic Essay Structure (check out the links for more information about each part!):


PDF Version of Building Essays Video

This is a PDF version of the How to Build Essays Video as seen above.


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Visual Essay Structure

The graphic below shows the typical structure of a 5 paragraph essay. To learn more about essay structure, watch the video below.


    Building an Essay

    This video reviews the basic structure of an essay, inlcuding creating an introduction with a thesis statement; body paragraphs with topic sentences and transitions; and a conclusion. Check out the Visual Essay Structure in the last box on this page.


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