This is a basic outline for a five-paragraph essay. For more information on writing essays and/or writing in general, please consult my Writer's F-Key. There I have links to tools and sites useful to writers of all genres.

I. Introduction (first paragraph)

  1. Introductory statements
  2. Thesis statement
  3. Introduce supporting ideas (optional)

II. Body (three paragraphs)

  1. First supporting idea

  2. Second supporting idea

  3. Third supporting idea

III. Conclusion (final paragraph)