Everything you need to know when writing an essay

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  • 1. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN WRITING AN ESSAY
  • 2. WHAT IS AN ESSAY? An organized piece of writing that focuses on a single topic
  • 3. ORGANIZATION Organized around a thesis Begins with an introduction Ends with a concluding paragraph
  • 4. REASONS FOR WRITING AN ESSAY  Helps you to express ideas more clearly and effectively  It is a required part of almost all colleges courses
  • 5. DIFFERENT ELEMENTS: PARAGRAPH VS ESSAY  Organized around a main idea  Introductory sentence  Developed by supporting details  Concluding sentence  Organized around a thesis  Introductory paragraph  Developed by supporting body paragraphs  Concluding paragraph
  • 6. THESIS It has to do with what you are writing about THESIS STATEMENT Sentence in the essay that states the thesis Expressed in the first paragraph Key step in developing an effective essay
  • 7. INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH  First part of an essay which has a major influence on the reader s desire to keep reading.  Includes different strategies to get the readers attention that should be connected with the thesis statement  It should conclude with the most important idea of the essay.
  • 8. BODY OF AN ESSAY  Set of paragraphs that develop the idea expressed in the thesis statement BODY PARAGRAPHS Provide the content of the essay Each one should be unique, be unified around a main idea and arranged coherently
  • 9. CONCLUSION OF AN ESSAY  Purpose: To leave the reader with a positive impression, a sense of completeness and the inclination to think about the topic  Should not give more information about the topic  Restates your thesis statement in other words
  • 10. THE REVISION AND EDITING PROCESS  Process of reviewing and rewriting to make your ideas more logical  Aspects: I. revision through reading II. revision through collaboration
  • 11. TYPES OF ESSAYS Descriptive Narrative Cause and effect Comparison and contrast Classification Problem solution Persuasive Mixed pattern Argumentative Analysis Definition
  • 12. BIBLIOGRAPHY  Types of papers & students samples by the Roane State Community College. Retrieved from http://www.roanestate.edu/owl/Types.html Accessed on: September 5, 2013