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Parts of an Academic Essay
An academic essay is one written in a school or college
environment.
The following features may...
Parts of an Academic Essay:
Overview
5 main parts:
• Title
• Introduction
• Body
• Conclusion
• Transitions (throughout)
1. Title
Purposes of:
• announces content/topic of essay
• grabs readers’ attention
Tips for creating good titles:
• mimic...
2. Introduction
(first paragraph of essay)
Purposes of:
• introduces topic, provides background information
• entices read...
Sample Introduction
(first paragraph of essay)
Essay Prompt: In what ways do you think technology has harmed
us as a socie...
Developing a Thesis Statement
Three Steps:
1.) State topic as question.
• Has technology harmed society?
2.) Turn Question...
3. Body Paragraphs
(“middle” paragraphs of essay)
Purpose of:
• provide support and examples for thesis statement (“heart”...
Understanding Topic Sentences
Thesis Statement:
• Technology has harmed society by making us lazier, creating health
probl...
4. Conclusion
(last paragraph of essay)
Purpose(s) of:
• summarize essay, restate claim
• offer “final thought” for topic ...
5. Transitions
(use throughout essay)
Definition of:
• words or phrases that connect paragraphs and sentences to
each othe...
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ENG 101: Parts of an Essay

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ENG 101: Parts of an Essay

  1. 1. Parts of an Academic Essay An academic essay is one written in a school or college environment. The following features may not be found in newspaper columns or magazine articles, as that is a different writing style. Keep this in mind as we read and write this semester.
  2. 2. Parts of an Academic Essay: Overview 5 main parts: • Title • Introduction • Body • Conclusion • Transitions (throughout)
  3. 3. 1. Title Purposes of: • announces content/topic of essay • grabs readers’ attention Tips for creating good titles: • mimic other popular titles • “A Tale of Two Citizens” • create a play on words • “Eu-rica!” • state your claim • Why Texting in Class Should Be Allowed • steal a line from your essay (helps to write title last)
  4. 4. 2. Introduction (first paragraph of essay) Purposes of: • introduces topic, provides background information • entices readers to keep reading (“hook”) • last sentence is thesis statement, which states claim of essay
  5. 5. Sample Introduction (first paragraph of essay) Essay Prompt: In what ways do you think technology has harmed us as a society? Discuss some negative effects you have noticed. Sample Introduction (no thesis included): Today, technology surrounds us. We drive cars or ride trains to get to and from work. We have cell phones for calling, text messaging, and even using the Internet. While technology has helped us make a lot of advancements, it has also caused some problems.
  6. 6. Developing a Thesis Statement Three Steps: 1.) State topic as question. • Has technology harmed society? 2.) Turn Question into Position (must make claim!) • Technology has harmed society. 3.) Narrow Thesis • Technology has harmed society by making us lazier, creating health problems, and weakening our social skills.
  7. 7. 3. Body Paragraphs (“middle” paragraphs of essay) Purpose of: • provide support and examples for thesis statement (“heart” of essay) Parts of: • topic sentence – first sentence, restates thesis claim and summarizes that paragraph • supporting sentences – provide support and examples for topic sentence • closing sentence – ends sentence by summarizing paragraph
  8. 8. Understanding Topic Sentences Thesis Statement: • Technology has harmed society by making us lazier, creating health problems, and weakening our social skills. First Topic Sentence: • Technology has caused us to be lazier, which is a problem. Second Topic Sentence: • Furthermore, technology has unfortunately created more health problems. Third Topic Sentence: • Finally, technology has negatively affected our social skills.
  9. 9. 4. Conclusion (last paragraph of essay) Purpose(s) of: • summarize essay, restate claim • offer “final thought” for topic (without bringing up new ideas)
  10. 10. 5. Transitions (use throughout essay) Definition of: • words or phrases that connect paragraphs and sentences to each other Examples: • also, however, for example, therefore, etc. They Say I Say outlines additional strategies for connecting paragraphs and sentences—these also fall under the “transitions” category.

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