2. Writing your Essay (Personal Biography Body):
Start by stating your opinion on the prompt or a quote that was given to you in the prompt:
Many people believe that _______ . (Elaboration = 1 sentence). However, _______ .
Example: Many people believe that we do not need networks of people around us. After all, we do not technically need other people in order to survive. However, merely surviving in the wild is no kind of life for social creatures like humans.
Transition to Thesis:
Next, transition to your thesis by drawing a connection between your opening story and your thesis. This is also where you state the reasons about which you will elaborate later:
Example: Instead, it has been shown time and time again that we need networks of friends and family not only in order to progress as a society and civilization, but also in order to be happy.
Thus, I believe that ______ .
Example: Thus, I believe that all of us do need some kind of network, clan, or family.
Body Paragraph 1:
A good example for this comes from __________ . (4~6 more sentences of elaboration)
Example: A good example for this comes from the story of my friend in middle school. His father and mother were separated, and, for the first nine years of his life, he lived down in Arizona with his mother and two younger siblings. Then, when he was about nine years old, he alone moved to Maine to be with his father, uncle, and grandmother. He couldn’t see his mother, brother, or sister anymore. At first, he had no friends and barely even knew his father. He told me many times that he wanted to escape that state and return “home” to his mother’s house. Instead, though, he had to stay.