The Three Paragraph Essay

Introductory 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. 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. (click on the link above for more information)

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 sample


Three Paragraph Essay Rubric

Name: ____________________________________ Date____ Period: ____


Possible Points

Points Achieved

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

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

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

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

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

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6. Word choice.

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7. Paragraph coherence and unity.

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Topic: _______________________________________________________

Write a three-paragraph essay about a renewable energy program, or recycling and/or conservation program that you have investigated. Choose from the topics below or select one of your own.


Food composting, Buy recycled products, Beach clean ups, Stream reclamation, Responsible forest management, Green building materials, Energy efficient appliances, cars, products, etc., Earth Day, Plant a tree, Waste reduction, Consumer education, Curbside recycling, Styrofoam recycling, Organic farming, Renewable energy, Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Wave technology, Passive heat etc.


The essay is due________ and is worth 150 points for Mr. Robinson's Class.