How to Write an Essay
How to Write an Essay
Throughout your academic career, you will often be asked to write essays. You may have to work on an assigned essay for class, enter an essay contest or write essays for college admissions. This article will show you how to write, and then revise, all types of essays. Then, we’ll explore how to write narrative, persuasive and expository essays. Read on to learn how to write essays like an expert!
Part One of Five:
Writing Your Essay Edit
Revising Your Essay Edit
Writing a Persuasive Essay Edit
Writing an Expository Essay Edit
Write a Narrative Essay Edit
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- Start with a great fact, story, or compelling idea, then grow from there. If you’re stuck, many writers save their intro until the end, once they know the actual direction and evidence in the rest of the essay.
- 5 – 7 sentences is an appropriate length for paragraphs in the body.
- Try to start with something intriguing and promising. Questions can be really effective for an introduction. Aim for an introduction that has an explicit relation to the topic/title of your essay, and avoid analyzing the topic in your first paragraph.
- It depends on what the topic is about. Normally all essays have an Introduction, paragraphs explaining the most important things about the theme (about 2 or 3), and a conclusion.
- You don’t have to conclude the body paragraph in any particular way. That’s what the conclusion paragraph is for.
- Know the topic well before hand. Though the essay question could vary widely, know the historical context of events related to the class. You will likely be given a document, or several, to respond to, so you will have some resources available. However it is necessary to know the historical context of the event the documents talk about, so you can interpret them correctly and provide contextualization in your essay. Contextualization is telling what led up to an event, and is often helpful to explain why things happened and understand the mindset of the time period.
- Unless your teacher says otherwise, use 12pt Times New Roman font and remember to double-space your essay. Some teachers will prefer 10pt font, but still request double-spacing.
- You can either tell a story about a moment in your life when you learned something valuable about yourself or just tell the story of your life from beginning to end.
- Research several sides of the topic and form an opinion. Introduce the various arguments about it, both for and against your view. Use some evidence in the body of your essay to support your own view, and/or explain the views submitted. Summarize the concepts, and statenwhy you believe what you believe.
- Read the proverb several times, looking at the tone, voice and intended audience. Dissect the proverb, thinking about the intended meaning, and historical context. Why was it important then and is it still important/applicable now? Write everything down and arrange it inside the structure of the essay in a way that flows and makes sense to you.
- Avoid plagiarism. Parenthetically reference or footnote all borrowed quotes, facts and ideas that are not your own even if you are rewording them. Most faculty can quickly spot plagiarism, which can be verified either by a search engine or plagiarism-detection software. You can even be charged with plagiarism for reusing material that you’ve already written as you are expected to create new content every time. Plagiarism is a serious offense in the academic world; students have been expelled from colleges and universities for plagiarism, it is very risky.
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