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Only Way to Start Your Essay: Easy Plan, Outline, & Thesis for Cause and Effect

Are you trying to start your essay by writing your hook? That is a BIG mistake. In this video, I will show you not only how to start your essay but how to come up with a simple but effective essay outline.

First, I show you how to breakdown and understand your essay question. This step is skipped over by many students but is the first part of writing your essay. Next, I show you how to use a thinking map to plan out a cause and effect essay. I then show you how to pick and choose the best ideas to write about in your essay. Next, I show you a simple way to take your brainstorm and turn it into a thesis statement. The thesis is the most important sentence in your essay which is why you need to write it first.

Next, I show you how to create an essay outline with a Tree Map. It helps you organize your essay and plan out your paragraphs. I then show you how to take your ideas and turn them into a topic sentence.

This is the best way to plan an essay and will help you organize your ideas to get started!

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Whether you are a teacher trying to help ALL your students navigate the writing process, a parent struggling at home to help their child with distance learning or a student that just got a massive essay in class, this channel is for you! I walk you through the entire writing process from start to finish. In this channel, you will find research-based, classroom-tested, student approved literacy skills for equitable education! My hope is that these videos will help you as you write in school and at home. I am a classroom teacher myself, so I know how hard teaching writing is. I use all these videos in my own classroom to support and differentiate the learning for ALL my students. I have found these videos extremely helpful for ALL students especially English Language Learners. I also provide free classroom materials to help you teach writing to ALL your kids.

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:37 Breakdown Essay Question
  • 1:40 Brainstorm Essay with Thinking Map
  • 4:20 How to Write a Thesis Statement
  • 5:58 How to Create An Essay Outline with a Tree Map
  • 8:07 How to Write a Topic Sentence
  • 10:24 Review How to Plan an Essay
Tommy Messinger
For the past seven years, I have taught at a Charter school in San Diego that serves a 60% refugee and immigrant population. I have had the opportunity to teach everything from Honors Social Science subjects, Android app development, remedial literacy and AVID to running an after school robotics and basketball program, operate as testing coordinator, and serve on our school’s leadership team. I recently finished my M.S.E in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education at Kansas University.