The Three Paragraph Essay

Introductory paragraph - first paragraph

The introductory paragraph should also include the thesis statement, a kind of mini-outline for the essay. This is where the writer grabs the reader's attention. (This attention getter could be a story, quote, fact or other interesting tidbit of knowledge). It tells the reader what the paper is about. The last sentence of this paragraph must also include a transitional "hook" which moves the reader to the first paragraph of the body of the essay.

Body - second paragraph

This paragraph should include the strongest argument, most significant example, cleverest illustration, or an obvious beginning point. The subject for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence. This subject should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. The last sentence in this paragraph should include a transition that signals the reader that this is the final major point being made in this essay.


Concluding - third paragraph

The third paragraph is the summary paragraph. It is important to restate the thesis and the supporting idea in an original and powerful way as this is the last chance the writer has to convince the reader of the validity of the information presented.

This paragraph should include the following:



Three Paragraph Essay Rubric

Name: ____________________________________ Date____ Period: ____


Possible Points

Points Achieved

1. The initial paragraph of the essay summarizes what the piece is about.



2. The second paragraph gives the writer's clear opinion on the subject.



3. The third paragraph provides a conclusion and ties the essay together.



4. The essay is clear and easy to read and is well researched/explained.



5. The essay is free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.



6. At least three sources in correct MLA.



7. Paragraph coherence and unity.



Research Ancient China on the Internet and in your textbook. Write a three-paragraph essay around the question of: What was the impact of Chinese inventions on the world? Make sure to use full MLA citations and for your sources. In formal writing avoid 1st person pronouns.


The essay is due__10/14__ and is worth 150 points for Mr. Robinson's Class. Please share your document via Google docs by the due date.

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