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