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Tackling Essay Structure

Tonight I met with one of my students, who is in 6th grade, and we are working together to tackle proper essay structure. 
 
This can be a tough issue for students, especially the really creative ones. These are the students that are FULL of ideas, and all of them are equally good, so why can't they just put them all into one essay or story? Trust me, it's not easy to kill your darlings, but it must be done (until you get a blog, of course). 
 
In general, all essays, or even stories should be structured in a similar fashion: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Or, a beginning, a middle, and an end. 
 
The introduction will include the visuals, the details to get the reader completely hooked into the story. If this is an analytical essay, the introduction will include the argument, or the point you're trying to prove. 
 
Next comes the body, or the middle of the essay/story. This will typically be the longest part of the essay or story, because this is where all the explaining happens. Here, you'll go into any plot twists or mysteries, or if it's an essay, you'll explore your argument here and make your point clear. 
 
Finally, it's the end — the conclusion. This is where everything you've mentioned in the introduction and the body gets all tied up into a neat, little bow. 
 
If the organization is the toughest part for you, try planning more before you actually write. Planning can involve brainstorming, free writing, creating an outline, and even writing sentences and putting them into numerical order. 

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