All essays include three major parts:
Grabber: Grab the reader's attention by using an anecdote, an interesting example, a quotation, a statistic, a thoughtful question, or interesting information.
Background information: Explain how your topic fits into the big picture.
Thesis statement/statement of intent: Give a focus and a map to the rest of your essay by introducing the main points of the body.
Topic sentence: Present one of the main points to connect to the thesis. Make sure each body paragraph focuses on one specific topic.
Middle of paragraph: Provide the supporting details/ideas. Elaborate using reasons, examples, research, a short narrative, statistics, analysis, and/or explanations.
Concluding sentence: Summarize the topic for this paragraph.
Transition: Connect one paragraph to the next paragraph. Transitions can be used at the end or the beginning of the next paragraph. Remember to begin a new paragraph when you change focus.
Concluding statement: Restate your thesis statement in new words, and state why the thesis is important in your field.
Key ideas: Summarize a few of the key ideas you want your reader to remember. This will depend on the length of the essay.
Clincher: End with something that will stick in the reader's mind by providing a call to action, a thought-provoking question, an opinion, the significance of the subject to the reader, a recommendation, or a logical conclusion.