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What is an essay


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What is an essay

  1. 1. WHAT IS AN ESSAY? •It is an organized piece of writing that focuses on a single topic. •It is organized around a general idea or thesis.
  2. 2. THESIS THESIS develops from all the main ideas in the supporting paragraphs. Paragraphas that develope the thesis are the BODY of the essay. Begins with an INTRODUCTION. Ends with a CONCLUDING paragraph.
  3. 3. THESIS What are you writing about and supporting throughout your essay? Like the main idea in the paragraph, it is a generalization and includes all paragraphs in your essay.
  4. 4. THESIS STATEMENT A sentence in the essay that states the thesis. Usually expressed in the first paragraph, as part of the introduction. It should not be neither too general, nor too specific.
  5. 5. WHY WRITE AN ESSAY? Writing an essay helps us express our ideas more clealy and effectively. It helps us to convey much information in a small amount of space.
  6. 6. PARTS OF AN ESSAY 1. INTRODUCTION  The reader’s first contact with the topic from your perspective.  Major influence on the reader’s desire to keep reading.  Reader begins to evaluate the essay, based on the introduction.
  7. 7. INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH Make a bridge to connect the attention getting sentence to our thesis statement. Conclude introductory paragraph with the most important idea of the essay, the THESIS STATEMENT.
  8. 8. BODY OF AN ESSAY  Set of paragraphs that develope the idea expressed in the thesis statement.  Make a list of main ideas that support the thesis statement. Each idea becomes the main idea sentences for a body paragraph.  Plan out each body paragraph by listing major details that support each main idea.  Each paagraph may end with a concluding sentence.
  9. 9. CONCLUSION OF AN ESSAY To leave the reader with a positive impression, a sense of completeness, and the inclination to think about the topic. Usually a short, single paragraph. It should not give more information about the topic. It can be a restatement of the thesis.
  10. 10. ESSAY OUTLINE 1) INTRODUCTION  THESIS STATEMENT 2) BODY  Body paragraph 1: main idea 1 + major details  Body paragraph 2: main idea 2 + major details  Body paragraph 3: main idea 3 + major details 3) CONCLUSION  Partial restatement of the thesis statement.  A conclusionthat clarifies the thesis.  A concluding remark about the importance of the topic.
  11. 11. TYPES OF ESSAYS 1. Descriptive Essays 2. Narrative Essays 3. Cause andEffect Essays 4. Comparison and Contrast Essays 5. Classification Essays 6. Problem- Solution Essays 7. Persuasive Essays 8. Mixed Pattern Essays
  12. 12. REFERENCES Resnick, J. Lester, L. (2003). Text and thought an integrated approach to college reading and writing. NY: Longman.