Links Use this Sample Basic Essay as a Model The essay below demonstrates the principles of writing a basic essay. The different parts of the essay have been labeled. The thesis statement is in bold, the topic sentences are in italics, and each main point is underlined. When you write your own essay, of course, you will not need to mark these parts of the essay unless your teacher has asked you to do so. They are marked here just so that you can more easily identify them.
Is it possible to answer this question? Not yet. Specifically, our question deals with all violent people and all nonviolent people. We can't possibly survey all of the violent and nonviolent people in the world. So, our next step is to polish off what we have so far, making sure that we can answer it. Our question is now: 'Do violent people watch violent television, and do nonviolent people watch nonviolent television?' We removed the 'all' and the 'more,' making it about a sample group of people instead of about all people and their television watching habits.