Writing your essay...

Similarities & Differences between Coastal & Plateau Tribes

Paragraph #1 - Introduction:

Background Blues: Give information about your topic (Coastal and Plateau Native Americans in Washington). Let the reader know who these people are, where they are located, and any other important information the reader needs to know in order to understand what you are writing about.


Thesis: This is what your whole essay is about! It is a broad statement that expresses what the main idea of your essay is. It is the HEART OF YOUR ESSAY! Make sure to include the terms: Coastal, Plateau, Native American, Similarities (or a synonym), Differences (or a synonym), and Washington.

Paragraph #2 - Similarities:

Start with a transition word and a topic sentence. Ex: Although Coastal and Plateau tribes lived on different sides of the Cascade Mountains, they still had a lot of similarities...


What are the similarities between Coastal and Plateau Native Americans? Explain at least 4 similarities that the two groups share (such as diet/food, technology/tools, shelter/housing, arts/crafts, religion, transportation, location/lifestyle...).

Paragraph #3 - Differences:

Start with a transition word and a topic sentence. Ex: Despite their similarities, because of their locations, Coastal and Plateau tribes had a lot of differences too...


What are the differences between Coastal and Plateau Native Americans? Explain at least 4 differences that the two groups share (such as diet/food, technology/tools, shelter/housing, arts/crafts, religion, transportation, location/lifestyle...).

Paragraph #4 - Conclusion:

1. Remind the reader of the importance of the topic.

2. Give the essay a sense of completion.

3. Leave a final impression on the reader.



  • Re-state your THESIS in new words.
  • SHOW your reader why this essay was important.

Directions for Typing:

Use Microsoft Word (on the computer) or Pages (on your iPad).


If typing on the computer, Save As: Coastal and Plateau Native Americans

Save in the folder: CLASSES -> DISC_Mahaney_P7 -> (YOUR NAME)



  • Indent each new paragraph (tab key)
  • Double-space (ask for help if you don't know how)
  • Use Times New Roman font, Size 12
  • Make sure you are spelling words correctly