Step 1. Take a stand
This is a very simple and easy step in which we simply decide whether we agree or disagree with the statement and write it as a complete sentence. Youâ€™ll notice that most choices whether to agree or disagree are really easy to make. They kind of â€œbegâ€ for either a positive or a negative answer. This quotation I chose just begs for you to agree with it. So, letâ€™s make this simple decision and choose to agree with Kalantri. And letâ€™s write out the complete main point:
Step 2. Write the thesis statement
The thesis statement must include not only your main point but also your supporting points. For a 5-paragraph essay, you always want to have three supporting points or ideas.Each of these supporting ideas will correspond to a body paragraph of your essay. To find the supporting points, you must ask yourself why you agree (or disagree) with the statement in the prompt.
Step 3. Write the Support
Our body of the essay will consist of three paragraphs, about 100 words each. If you know an exact number to shoot for in each paragraph, your life becomes a lot easier. Each paragraph must proceed from general to specific. The first sentence in a body paragraph is called a lead sentence (or a topic sentence). It is the most general sentence in the paragraph. The next most general part of a paragraph is some kind of an explanation why we believe this statement is true. And finally, the most specific part of a body paragraph is an example.
Step 4. Write the conclusion
Writing the conclusion for the CBEST expository essay is really easy. All you need to do is simply restate what you already said â€“ in different words. Thatâ€™s all.
Step 5. Write an introductory sentence
This step is easy, as well. You just want to add a sentence in the beginning of your opening paragraph, in which you introduce the main point. This introductory sentence will be the very first sentence of your essay. To write it, you need to take a step away, zoom out from your main point and provide a perspective. In other words, in this sentence you explain why what youâ€™re about to argue is important.
Personal Essay Structure
In the first paragraph, you want to immediately answer the posed question. This will also mean that you are stating a problem that you had in the past. Describe the outer world problem.
Here, you reveal your inner world problem. This is something psychological about the situation. Think â€“ there is a flat tire and there is a â€œstory of the flat tire.â€ You also describe the situation in more detail, providing more context.
Describe what you did to overcome the situation. This is about what you did in the outer world and what challenges or problems you encountered. You did not overcome the challenge yet. You had to deal with another problem that prevented you from winning at this point.
You realize that something needs to change for you to get the result. Something in your mindset had to shift.
Describe how you finally achieved the result, what lesson or lessons you learned, and how you changed as a person.
Please note that this structure is an approximation. You are simply telling a story with a beginning, middle, and an end.
This structure gives you ideas of what to put in each paragraph. Use it as a reference when telling your story because each story is different. Also, keep in mind that if your story is somewhat simple, you can write only four paragraphs. That is okay, too. And now, letâ€™s write an essay, using this template. Notice how this sounds familiar in terms of a Hollywood movie or any good story youâ€™ve ever heard or read.