Main Features Of The Essay

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An essay must have the following main features:

1. An introduction.  In an introduction, you give the reader an idea of what your essay will be about.  You should have a thesis statement that does this.  If your essay is to be persuasive, you should tell the reader what point you will be trying to make.

2. A body.  In this part of the essay, you give the evidence to support the point you are...

An essay must have the following main features:

1. An introduction.  In an introduction, you give the reader an idea of what your essay will be about.  You should have a thesis statement that does this.  If your essay is to be persuasive, you should tell the reader what point you will be trying to make.

2. A body.  In this part of the essay, you give the evidence to support the point you are trying to make.  Or, if you are just writing to convey information rather than to persuade, you cover the major information that needs to be presented to the reader.

3. A conclusion.  This part of your essay should wrap up your argument.  You can restate the gist of your argument, or you can suggest further topics for research, or you can issue a call for action -- it depends on what sort of essay you're writing.

The first link below has information on how to write various kinds of essays.  Scroll down toward the bottom to find these.

The second link is to the essay writing group here on enotes.  There's lots of information there about, no surprise, writing essays.

An essay puts forth a viewpoint, so think of it as structuring an argument.

1.  Begin by writing an introduction that is general and introduces the topic. In your introduction, include a thesis statement that makes your position clear.

2.  Write as many paragraphs as you need to make all the points of your argument.  Begin each paragraph with a topic sentencethat does two things: supports your thesis and controls the content of the...

An essay puts forth a viewpoint, so think of it as structuring an argument.

1.  Begin by writing an introduction that is general and introduces the topic. In your introduction, include a thesis statement that makes your position clear.

2.  Write as many paragraphs as you need to make all the points of your argument.  Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence that does two things: supports your thesis and controls the content of the paragraph it heads.

3.  Be sure to establish your credibility.  This is called ethos. Make your audience aware of what qualifies you to speak on the subject.

4.  Make sure your position is reasonable, logical, and supported by factual information.  This is called logos.

5.  Engage your audience by appealing to the appropriate emotions for your subject.  This is called pathos. The words you choose (diction) create your tone, and it, too, should be appropriate to your subject.

6.  In your concluding paragraph, don't simply restate your main points.  This is a bit insulting to your reader.  A more effective way to end is to once again turn to more general terms, but rephrase your thesis.  Rephrase, but don't repeat, to cement your argument.

7.  Be sure your grammar, usage and mechanics are clean.  Proofread carefully and seek an edit from someone you know to be a good writer. Be open to their edits and willing to revise.

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