WHAT IS AN ESSAY?
Explanation, different types and Thesis
It is an organized piece of writing that focuses
on a single topic.
It is organized around a general idea or thesis.
It has an introductory paragraph, a body
(which must contain more than one
paragraphs), and a concluding paragraph.
You have to:
Establish the setting of the essay. Briefly
introduce the reader to the subject.
Provide an insightful comment that establishes
your basis for analysis.
Provides a partition that establishes three
major sub-topics you plan to discuss.
Finish paragraph with a clear thesis statement
that establishes the purpose of the essay.
Main ideas and details are developed.
It provides the main content od the essay.
Coherence is neccesary to unify the
paragraphs around the main idea.
It is a partial restatement of the thesis
statement using different words.
It is a conclusion that clarifies the thesis.
It can contain opinions on the topic to motivate
readers for further investigation.
Signal words can be used (In conclusion, In
summary, To conclude with, etc)
Revision of the essay
Through reading: it is necessary to read the
essay carefully and multiple times.
Through editing: do not think that it is a waste
of time when multiple editions are needed;
purpose and audience must be kept in mind.
Check punctuation, wording, and grammar
Trough outer collaboration: ask a friend to read
your essay and be open to any suggestion.
After that start editing the essay again.
Type of essays
Descriptive Essay: description through senses.
Narrative Essay: long conversational story containing
features as characters, setting, context and big idea.
Cause and Effects Essay: Causality, why did…, what
Classification Essay: information is ordered into categories for
its appropriate definition.
Persuasive Essay: An attempt to convince others to share
Problem solving Essay: careful analysis, planning and
Comparison and Contrast Essay: to bring two or more ideas
to closer examination.
It is a sentence in the essay that states the
It is usually stated in the first paragraph as part
of the introduction.
It should be:
Not too general or it will not provide an
adequate direction to the essay.
Not too specific or it will be difficult to develop
into a series of a paragraph.