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Tips for Writing Essays

Since the Homework Center can't tell you what to write on, here are some suggestions for coming up with a good topic.

  1. First, choose a subject that interests you. Let's say you like dogs.
  2. Then try to narrow the subject down to something you can write about knowledgeably. Let's say you have a beagle and you know a lot about beagles based on your experience of owning one.
  3. Now come up with a statement about your topic. "Beagles are the best breed of dog." This will be your thesis statement or "hook."
  4. To write your paper, answer the question "why" at least five times. A beagle is the best because "beagles are smart" or "beagles are neither too small nor too big — they're just right."
  5. Wrap it up. Write a brief conclusion that summarizes the points you have made. "Clearly, beagles are best because they're smart and they're just the right size."
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