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ESSAY OVERVIEW. “The used key is always bright.” Benjamin Franklin. ESSAY FORMAT. 50 words, 3 to 5 sentences. Introduction. 100 words, 7 to 10 sentences. Body one. Body two. 100 words, 7 to 10 sentences. 100 words, 7 to 10 sentences. Body three. 50 words, 3 to 5 sentences. Conclusion.

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“The used key is always bright.” Benjamin Franklin


50 words, 3 to 5 sentences


100 words, 7 to 10 sentences

Body one

Body two

100 words, 7 to 10 sentences

100 words, 7 to 10 sentences

Body three

50 words, 3 to 5 sentences


Introductory paragraph

To write a good introduction, you need to . . .

  • 1.Briefly introduce the topic

  • 2.Clearly and unequivocally state your position

  • 3.Provide three reasons

Introductory paragraph

  • Topic sentence

  • Transition sentences

  • Thesis sentence

  • 50 words minimum, 3 to 5 sentences

    Today smoking is an issue which is on everybody’s mind. The whole country is divided on this issue. Some people believe that smoking should be banned while others are not so harsh. However, I believe that tobacco should be outlawed because it endangers everyone’s health, it pollutes the environment; and it drains us of valuable energy.( 57)

Body paragraph

Body paragraph

  • Topic sentence

  • Example or statistics

  • Example or statistics

  • Example or statistics

  • Restate Topic sentence

  • 100 words, 8 to 10 sentences

Example of body paragraph

In the first place, smoking is not only dangerous for smokers, but also for those who inhale second hand smoke. In fact, several scientific investigations have proven that young people who consistently inhale second hand smoke are more likely to develop heart problems later in life. Moreover, second hand smoke is especially bad for expectant mothers. If a pregnant woman inhales second hand smoke, there is no doubt that the unborn child will experience serious side effects. Another study concluded that people that are exposed to second hand smoke are also more likely to be depressed and suffer from emotional problems. So, in the end, second hand smoke effects you negatively both physically and emotionally.

Remember that when you are writing your body paragraphs, you should use transitions words at the beginning of each paragraph. These are three transition words which are easy to remember. The three F’s.

  • First

  • Furthermore

  • Finally

Concluding paragraph


  • Restate thesis

    Restate reasons

  • Final plea for position

  • 50 words, 4 sentences

Example of concluding paragraph

  • In conclusion, smoking must be banned without delay. The country is paying a high price both physically and emotionally because of smokers. Moreover, smokers pollute the environment unnecessarily, and also most smokers are less productive on the job than non-smokers. Let us not let our country continue on a destructive path;

    outlaw smoking!


Please go to the main Blackboard page and go to the Essay assignment icon for the week’s writing assignment. Mr g

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