Learning to write a professional essay requires much work. This 31 slide PowerPoint walks students through some of the most important elements of writing professional essays. This lesson comes complete with notes that align with the slides helping students to take notes on the important content. I have included both PDF and WORD versions of the notes for your adaptability. This lesson is ready to download and deliver to students. Some of the elements covered include: professional font style, writing a strong thesis statement, avoiding things like contractions/clichés/personal pronouns/ common language use in formal writing, how to format short verses long quotes, common writing errors to avoid, using parenthetical citations for support, using credible sources, and creating a works cited page accurately. PPT and WORD notes are open for editing to best meet the needs of your students.