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Grade 6-12

Writing the Perfect Essay: How to Start an Essay

by Josiah Leonard | English and Writing FREE

6 Lessons 50:10
  1. 1. Trailer 0:31
  2. 2. Introduction: Brainstorming 9:51
  3. 3. Thesis Statement 13:20
  4. 4. Continuation of Thesis Statement 19:05
  5. 5. Forming an Outline 3:56
  6. 6. Wrap up 3:27

Grade 6-12


NGSS Standards



About the course

In life you must know how to start an essay. Time and time again, the skills that we acquire through writing an essay will be required later in our lives. Clear, concise, and effective written communication is absolutely crucial as we prepare ourselves to enter college or the workforce. In this workshop, we will review a model step-by-step for achieving this goal of crafting the perfect essay.


  • College
  • English
  • Essay
  • Literacy
  • University
  • Writing


Hi, I’m Josiah! I’ve been enjoying helping students in areas of writing, English, and communication for four years now. I am a native of Virginia, where I obtained my undergraduate degree in international relations with a focus in public policy and Modern Standard Arabic. I received my Advanced TESOL certification (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) this past year, and I am currently working toward my Masters of Public Administration. As my full-time job, I have been working for the US House of Representatives for approximately one year now. As one has attempted to learn another language (Latin, Arabic, German, and Spanish), I have grown in my appreciation for patience in learning and in teaching. That has inspired my passion for helping others understand English and enjoy the thrill of learning!

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