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How to write a Social Studies Essay. October 15, 2013. Essay Question: Were the people of Mesopotamia civilized? . Introduction ( approximately 6 sentences ) Include historical and geographical background information on your topic

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How to write a social studies essay

How to write a Social Studies Essay

October 15, 2013


Essay question were the people of mesopotamia civilized

Essay Question: Were the people of Mesopotamia civilized?

  • Introduction (approximately 6 sentences)

    • Include historical and geographical background information on your topic

    • The last sentence of the introduction is the thesis statement

  • 2-3 Body Paragraphs (approximately 5-10 sentences EACH)

    • Each paragraph begins with a topic sentence

    • Provide details that support the thesis statement

  • Conclusion (approximately3 sentences)

    • 1st sentence: Restate the thesis using different words

    • Add about 2 sentences that summarize the main points from your essay


I introduction six sentences

I. Introduction (six sentences)

  • The first thing you include is some background Information about Mesopotamia: Sets the stage for what your essay is going to be about:


How to write a social studies essay

  • Thesis Statement (last sentence of the introduction): A statement that answers the essay question and makes it clear what your argument is going to be. The more specific your thesis statement is, the better.

  • Sample Thesis: The people of Mesopotamia were civilized because


Ii body paragraph 1 5 10 sentences

II. Body Paragraph #1 (5-10 sentences):

  • Topic Sentence:


Iii body paragraph 2 5 10 sentences

III. Body Paragraph #2 (5-10 sentences):

  • Topic Sentence:


Iv body paragraph 3 5 10 sentences

IV. Body Paragraph #3 (5-10 sentences):

  • Topic Sentence:


V conclusion 3 sentences

V. Conclusion (3 sentences)

  • Restate your thesis statement in different words than you used in the introduction.

  • Sum up the main points of your argument


General tips

General Tips

  • Don’t use “I” or “you” in a Social Studies essay. EVER!

    • Don’t write: “I think the Tigris River played an important role in the development of Mesopotamia”

    • Don’t write: “As you can see, the Tigris River was very important in the history of Mesopotamia.

  • DO take your time on the essay and don’t rush to be the first one finished. Take a few minutes to brainstorm your ideas before you start writing

  • Be careful of spelling and grammar.


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