Note that what I provide here are only If you need help figuring out how to write an essay in philosophy specifically and at the college level, see my “Writing in Philosophy.” If you want to know how I evaluate students on a paper assignment, see my “Grading Rubric for Paper Assignments.” The first thing to notice is that the basic form of an essay is quite logical.
Let’s look at the standard structure of an essay starting with the most general.
It should be an appropriate guide for writing at the middle school, high school, and lower college levels.
The typical assignment I have in mind will be an argumentative essay, in which you argue for something, even if just an interpretation of someone an author’s work.
Another option is to have a transition sentence first and then a separate topic sentence following it.
The summary section (often misleadingly called a “conclusion”) is a short recap of what you have said in the essay.
A good way to tie all the points together throughout the body section is to have them all clearly state how they support the thesis statement.
That way it is obvious that all of your paragraphs tie together.
The body section should consist of at least several paragraphs where you will provide support for your thesis statement in the form of reasons, evidence, arguments, justification, and so on.
That is, you have something you want to communicate or argue for (your thesis) and here is your chance to explain it in detail, support it, and defend it.