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What an essay is

  1. 1. What an essay is An organized type of writing that focuses on a single topic, general idea or thesis. Thesis develops from all the main ideas or in the suporting paragraphs. Paragraphs that develop the thesis are the ody of the essay. Begin with an inroduction Ends with a concluding paragraph
  2. 2. An essay • Helps you to express your ideas • Helps you to convy much information in a small amount of space • Can be entertaining • Is a required part of almost all college courses
  3. 3. Elements of an essay • It is organizad around a thesis • Includes an introductory paragraph • It is developed by supporting body paragraphs • Includes a concludin paragraph
  4. 4. What a thesis is • What you are writing about and supporting throughout your esay • It is a generalization and includes all paragraphs in the essay Thesis statement A sentence in the essay that states the essay, usually part of the introduction. It should provide adequate direction for the essay.
  5. 5. Essay introductory paragraph • The first part of an essay • The reader´s first impression • The readers major influence to keep reading • Should be explained why the topic is important • Should conclude with the most important idea of the essay, the thesis statement
  6. 6. Body paragraphs • Provide the context of an essay • Includes facts and opinions • Unify the main idea coherently
  7. 7. Conclusion of an essay • Leaves the reader with a positve impresión, a sense of completeness, and the inclination to think about the topic • Is short and single • Should not include new information • Should follow logically from the body of the essay
  8. 8. Types of essays • Descriptive essays • Narrative essays • Cause and effect essays • Comparison and contrast essays • Classification essays • Problem-solution essays • Persuasive essays • Argumentatve essays • Mixed pattern essays • Definition essays • Division and classification essay
  9. 9. Descriptive essay • to create a picture of a person, place or object by using descriptive language Narrative essay • relate events, tell a story • Contains dialogues • Contains a large part of everyday conversation
  10. 10. Cause and effect essay • Determine a scenario • Explain the events that took place • Includes only causes and effects Comparison and contrast essays • Choose two things that could go in the same category • Places them together for closer examination
  11. 11. Clasification essay • A type of analysis in which you classify information and organize it into appropriate categories Problem-solution essay • Involves careful analysis, planing and organization • Persnal, social, psychological, economic, political or other type of problem Explain: • Goal or objective • Possible solutions • Advantages and disadvantages of each solution
  12. 12. Persuasive essays • Conduct effective research • Obtain facts and evidence to support your ideas • Convince others to share your opinion Argumentative essays • Go further than persuasive essays • You´ll need to gather evidence and present reasonable arguments
  13. 13. Mixed pattern esays • Contain a combination of the types of esays • Identify your topic and purpose for writing • Choose the essay patern or combination of patterns that will help you write more effectively
  14. 14. Definition essay • You´ll need to define a word that has a cmplete meaning • That is disputable • Its origin can be discussed in a meaningful way Division and clasification essay Division: • Choose a topic that the average person might not know much about • Breack your topic down into meaningfull and important categories
  15. 15. Classifcation: • Categorize things and allow you to argue the place things have been put
  16. 16. References Resnick, J.& Lester, L.(2003).Text and thought an integrated approach to college reading and writing. NY: Longman. Roan State Community College