How to Get the Knack of Writing a Two-Paragraph Essay


A two-paragraph essay is short and sweet but how can you put in all the information about the subject in just two paragraphs.  Two-paragraph essays are usually used as a writing prompt for students but they can also be used for younger students on a subject that doesn’t require five paragraphs or as a narrative essay. 

When you are going to construct a two-paragraph essay, you have to know what the basic paragraph consists of and how to write one.  You have to make those two paragraphs count and the structure of them can make or break your essay. 

Basic Paragraph Structure


  • A basic paragraph is made up of three to five sentences.  Too many or few can make your paragraph too vague or overwhelming. 
  • As in a story, a paragraph has a beginning, middle, and end.  This means you have to introduce, explain, and conclude your idea in each paragraph.  The last sentence not only has to conclude the paragraph but also should transition it to the next paragraph. 
  • Each paragraph should have the following sentences, topic, supporting, concluding, and transitional. 

Tips on How to Write a Two-Paragraph Essay


  • In a two-paragraph essay, you have to put an introduction, body, and conclusion in just two paragraphs, so you need to pick exactly the right information to include in those two paragraphs. 
  • Don’t go overboard with the information; keep it short and to the point.  You don’t want to put in information that is boring or that isn’t relevant to the essay. 

A two-paragraph essay is something that is usually assigned to you for an essay.  This is different from a five paragraph essay, where you have more space to fully explain your topic.  When you are constructing these two paragraphs you should always have the reader or your audience in mind as you are writing.  You want to give them all the information and leave them wanting more from the subject. 

Giving the audience hard facts can support your thesis.  If it is a narrative two-paragraph essay, you want to make sure not to lose the reader with too many or too few details.  You want them to read the story and connect with it or at least enjoy the story that you have just told them.  So grab the reader early and keep them entertained, this is true with any essay that you are about to write.

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