Answer these few questions when brainstorming ideas for an essay:
*Brainstorm, what do you know about the subject? When you think of the topic, what comes to mind? What words/thoughts are you brainstorming?
*Create a graphic organizer and write ideas/thoughts about your topic.
*Continue to brainstorm ideas, what else comes to mind? Think about relating your ideas to a book. What character(s) come to mind? How does this/these character(s) relate to your topic?
*Ask a teacher, parent or fellow student to look at your graphic organizer. What feedback can they offer you? With questioning you, more ideas are likely to come to mind.
*When you are satisfied with your graphic organizer, start writing your essay. First, think of a "snappy" topic sentence. Remember, you want to "grab" your reader's attention. A suggestion is to start your introductory paragraph with a question. For example, if your topic is transferring to a new school, you might ask, "What are your thoughts on moving to a new school?" Answer your own question in sentence form. Next, think about what you want to include in your body paragraphs. This will help form your thesis statement. What's a thesis statement? A thesis statement includes the ideas of what you would like to include in your body paragraphs. Anotherwords, you want to give the reader a "sneak preview" of what is to come in your body paragraphs. For example, keeping with the topic of moving to a new school: Many students move to a new school, due to a family member earning a new job, moving closer to family members or a new start on life.