Students often put off a written assignment, considering it a chore too formidable to approach until the last minute. As a result, grades inevitably suffer. Writing is not a talent reserved for a select few, it is a skill that can be learned. Planning and organization are its essentials. Students can improve their writing abilities through learning about these tools and putting effort into practicing them.
Below is a guide to organized writing. Use this outline in writing class assignments, test essays, and term papers.
Introduction – Opening Paragraph
- Begin with a general statement.
- Narrow it down to the controlling idea (for thesis statement).
Body – Three Developing Paragraphs
In each paragraph:
- Use transitions (repetition of key words and ideas) to connect paragraphs together.
- Develop the topic sentence with details, definitions, illustrations, comparisons, and contrasts.
- Conclude the paragraph with a summary of the main idea.
Conclusion – Finishing Paragraph
- Restate the thesis.
- End with a general statement finalizing the discussion.