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Essay Writing (Structure)

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  • 1. E ssay S tructure
  • 2. W hat is an E ssay?
    • T he main purpose of any essay is to
    • discuss, persuade, describe, explain,
    • interpret or analyze a particular topic.
  • 3. E ssay S tructure
    • A n essay has three main parts:
      • A n introduction (introductory paragraph)
      • A body (at least one, but usually more paragraphs)
      • A conclusion (concluding paragraph)
  • 4. E ssay S tructure (2)
  • 5. T he I ntroduction
    • A n introductory paragraph has 2 parts:
      • G eneral statement
        • Introduce the general topic of the essay.
        • Capture the reader’s interest.
      • T hesis statement
        • States the specific topic.
        • May list subtopics or subdivisions.
        • May indicate the pattern of organization.
        • Is normally the last sentence in the introductory paragraph.
  • 6. B ody P aragraphs
    • T he body paragraphs are used to:
    • D evelop your topic.
    • P rove your points.
    • T he body paragraph should have:
    • S ome sort of pattern (chronological order or comparison/contrast, or a combination of both)
    • A logical division of ideas (division into subtopics and discussion of these subtopics in separate paragraphs)
  • 7. T he C onclusion
    • T he conclusion is the final paragraph
    • in an essay. It has three purposes:
    • I t signals the end of the essay.
    • I t reminds the reader of your main points. You can do this in two ways:
        • Summarize your subtopics.
        • Paraphrase your thesis.
    • I t leaves the reader with your final thoughts on the topic.
  • 8. E ssay O utlining
    • A formal outline has a system such as the
    • following:
    • R oman numerals I,II, and III for the major sections of an essay (introduction, body, conclusion)
    • C apital letters A,B,C and so on label the body paragraphs.
    • N umerals 1,2,3 and so on number the subpoints in each paragraph.
    • S mall letters a,b,c label specific supporting details.
  • 9. E ssay O utlining (2)
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