How to write an essay

Introduction: How to Write an Essay

This Instructable will outline the steps to write an essay and by the end of it you’ll be able to write an essay with the best of them.

Step 1: Prewriting

Prewriting is just getting all of your ideas on paper. There are many ways, and maybe prewriting deserves an instructable of its own. For the purposes of writing an essay all you need to do is write down your ideas somewhere until you have a good idea what you’d like to do your essay on.

Step 2: The Thesis Statement & Set Up

The Thesis Statement is hugely important to your essay. It’s the point you want your essay to drive home. A good thesis statement is strong.

A good example of a thesis statement is: Twain uses the growth and development of Huck Finn to show readers what is morally right.

The thing that is most important about a thesis statement is that it needs to be about what you’re going to write about. If your thesis statement is about the relationship between Shakespeare and Scooby Doo, then you better stick to it. You can’t throw in a paragraph about how Velma relates to Charles Dickens, because it does not fit with your thesis. Everything in your essay should work towards proving your thesis.

Note: If writing about a book you might want to include the title and author in your them statement. Otherwise you can include that info in another sentence before it.

Also multiple sentence theme statements are possible, but can mucky up the point.

Set Up
Before I write my Essay I use the following set up.

1. Attention Getter
2.Thesis Statement.
2. Evidence for body paragraphs
5. Tie in to attention getter.

I find it helps when writing to have these before i get too far into it. However, it is completely up to you.

Step 3: The Introduction

The introduction should have the follwing construction:

1. Attention Getter
2.Thesis
3. Plan of Development
4. Transition

Somewhere in there you need to include any other information that is necessary, such as the title and author (if your essay is about a book), or the time period (if about a certain event). You need to include the setting.

1The Attention Getter
Write whatever you need to get attention as long as it relates to the essay.
Warning: Contrary to popular belief a question is not a very good attention getter. A reader simply answering no to a question can ruin one of these questions very easily.

Good ideas for an attention getter are short anecdotes or a quote (if writing about a book it’s best to use a quote that is not from this book). It’s important that the attention getter has some relation to the rest of your essay.

2. The Thesis
Usually a sentence or two you need to state your thesis. Let the purpose of this essay be known to the reader.

3. The Plan of Development
For the pl an of development you need to go over what your essay will be showing/explaining. You want to tell what the purpose is of each of your body paragraph. You can use anywhere from 1-5 sentences. I tend to keep mine short, and use the topic sentences of my body paragraphs to help me write my plan of development.

4.Transitions.
You want your essay to flow. One idea leads to the next. An essay without transitions will be chunky and unappealing. There’s not much advice to give you on transitions except that you need to connect your paragraphs together.

Step 4: Body Paragraph

Most Body paragraphs consist of.

1.Topic Sentence
2.Lead to evidence
3.Evidence
4.Explanation of Evidence
5.Short Recap
6.Transition
*note: steps 2-4 can be repeated multiple times in the same paragraph as long as it all relates and proves the topic sentence.

1. The topic sentence is like a mini thesis for this paragraph. What point is this paragraph proving?
2. You have to lead into the quote you can’t just plop a quote randomly in the middle of a paragraph.
example: At a sad time for his family Bobby said, ”
3. The best evidence is a quote in my opinion. Specific examples can also work. Make sure your evidence really does prove what you need it to, and that it comes from a reliable source.

4. Explain what the evidence shows. This should probably be at least 2 sentences. Make sure the reader knows how it supports the topic sentence.

5. The short recap is probably a sentence explaining what this paragraph said.

6. Once again you’ll need to smoothly flow into the next paragraph.

Step 5: Conclusion

A conclusion should have the following steps.

1.Restate the Thesis.
2.Go over what you have already talked about.
3. Tie in with Attention getter.

1. just as it says
2. It’s kind of like the plan of development.
3. This is where your essay gets that nice feeling because it starts in a similar way it ends. Sometimes a tie in can be hard to think of, but if you do it can pay off big time.

Step 6: Things to Remember Throughout Writing.

When writing an analytical or informative essay you should remain impersonal. Stay away from You’s and I’s. The only time I would recommend using I’s and You’s might be in a persuasive essay to a certain audience that knows you.

When writing keep the same tense. If you’re writing in the past tense stay in it. Here’s an example of someone who doesn’t keep in the same tense.
Billy had a ball. The ball is nice. Too bad he popped it.

See how awkward that sounds. Don’t do that.

It should read: Billy Had a ball. The ball was nice. Too bad he popped it.

Step 7: Revision and Rewriting.

I suggest rereading a printed copy of your essay and marking it up. Then you can make the changes print it out. For the best results you should let someone else read it.

When you go back to make the changes again, feel free to rewrite whole sections of the essay that sound like they could be improved. Don’t be afraid of changing your essay too much during the revision process. The whole point is to change it.

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A good introduction in an argumentative essay acts like a good opening statement in a trial. Just like a lawyer, a writer must present the issue at hand, give background, and put forth the main argument — all in a logical, intellectual and persuasive way.

Start With a Hook

Start your introduction with a sentence that gets the reader interested in the topic. To pique the reader’s interest, you can begin with a quote, a personal story, a surprising statistic or an interesting question. For example, if you are arguing that smoking should be banned from all public places, you can start your introduction by referencing a statistic from a verified source: “Tobacco use kills more than five million people every year — more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, according to the World Health Organization.” This strategy grabs the reader’s attention while introducing the topic of the essay.

Include Background

Providing readers with background on the topic allows them to better understand the issue being presented. This information provides context and history that can be crucial to explaining and arguing your point. For example, if you are arguing that there should never be a military draft in the United States, your introduction can include information about the history of the U.S. draft and the events that led to it being abolished.

State Your Thesis

The thesis is the essence of an argumentative essay. In a single, clear sentence, it sums up what point you are trying to make. The thesis statement should assert a position on a particular issue — one that a reader can potentially argue against. Therefore, the thesis cannot be a fact. For example, if a professor assigns the general topic of war, you can formulate the following thesis statement: “The United Nations must be redesigned because it is currently incapable of preventing wars.” The rest of your essay serves to explain and provide evidence in support of your thesis statement.

What to Leave Out

A good introduction should not be describing arguments or providing analysis that belong in the body paragraphs. Your introduction should introduce and set up your point, rather than lay out evidence to support it. Also, while your intro is a road map for the rest of the essay, you shouldn’t explicitly announce what and how you will be arguing: “I am going to prove to you that . ” This type of set up does not add any pertinent information and only serves as filler.

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Soheila Battaglia is a published and award-winning author and filmmaker. She holds an MA in literary cultures from New York University and a BA in ethnic studies from UC Berkeley. She is a college professor of literature and composition.

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How to write an essay

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Knowing how to write an essay is a skill that you can use throughout your life. The ability to organize ideas that you use in constructing an essay will help you write business letters, company memos, and marketing materials for your clubs and organizations.

Anything you write will benefit from learning these simple parts of an essay:

  1. Purpose and Thesis
  2. Title
  3. Introduction
  4. Body of Information
  5. Conclusion

Here are five steps to make it happen:

Purpose/Main Idea

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Before you can start writing, you must have an idea to write about. If you haven’t been assigned a topic, it’s easier than you might think to come up with one of your own.

Your best essays will be about things that light your fire. What do you feel passionate about? What topics do you find yourself arguing for or against? Choose the side of the topic you are “for” rather than “against” and your essay will be stronger.

Do you love gardening? Sports? Photography? Volunteering? Are you an advocate for children? Domestic peace? The hungry or homeless? These are clues to your best essays.

Put your idea into a single sentence. This is your thesis statement, your main idea.

Title

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Choose a title for your essay that expresses your primary idea. The strongest titles will include a verb. Take a look at any newspaper and you’ll see that every title has a verb.

Your title should make someone want to read what you have to say. Make it provocative.

Here are a few ideas:

  • America Needs Better Health Care Now
  • The Use of the Mentor Archetype in _____
  • Who Is the She-Conomy?
  • Why DJ Is the Queen of Pedicures
  • Melanoma: Is It or Isn’t It?
  • How to Achieve Natural Balance in Your Garden
  • Expect to Be Changed by Reading _____

Some people will tell you to wait until you have finished writing to choose a title. Other people find that writing a title helps them stay focused. You can always review your title when you’ve finished the essay to ensure that it’s as effective as it can be.

Introduction

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Your introduction is one short paragraph, just a sentence or two, that states your thesis (your main idea) and introduces your reader to your topic. After your title, this is your next best chance to hook your reader. Here are some examples:

  • Women are the chief buyers in 80 percent of America’s households. If you’re not marketing to them, you should be.
  • Take another look at that spot on your arm. Is the shape irregular? Is it multicolored? You could have melanoma. Know the signs.
  • Those tiny wasps flying around the blossoms in your garden can’t sting you. Their stingers have evolved into egg-laying devices. The wasps, busying finding a place to lay their eggs, are participating in the balance of nature.

Body of Information

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The body of your essay is where you develop your story or argument. Once you have finished your research and produced several pages of notes, go through them with a highlighter and mark the most important ideas, the key points.

Choose the top three ideas and write each one at the top of a clean page. Now go through your notes again and pull out supporting ideas for each key point. You don’t need a lot, just two or three for each one.

Write a paragraph about each of these key points, using the information you’ve pulled from your notes. If you don’t have enough for one, you might need a stronger key point. Do more research to support your point of view. It’s always better to have too many sources than too few.

Conclusion

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You’ve almost finished. The last paragraph of your essay is your conclusion. It, too, can be short, and it must tie back to your introduction.

In your introduction, you stated the reason for your paper. In your conclusion, you should summarize how your key points support your thesis. Here’s an example:

  • By observing the balance of nature in her gardens, listening to lectures, and reading everything she can get her hands on about insects and native plants, Lucinda has grown passionate about natural balance. “It’s easy to get passionate if you just take time to look,” she says.

If you’re still worried about your essay after trying on your own, consider hiring an essay editing service. Reputable services will edit your work, not rewrite it. Choose carefully. One service to consider is Essay Edge.

Writing an essay for PTE Academic / IELTS can be easy if one’s concepts are clear. In the following article, you will find a step by step guide on how to write an essay.

You can be asked to write an essay based on these given questions-

  • Give your opinion
  • Discuss disadvantages and advantages
  • Problems or causes and solutions for it.

The writing style for these essays differ slightly, but all of these follow the same standard format.

Before starting the essay, it is necessary to keep these points in mind:

  • Read the question asked carefully. You should know what you have been asked to discuss.
  • Plan the essay ahead. Go over the points you want to discuss.
  • You’ve only a certain amount of time to complete it. Take a few minutes to plan and then proceed accordingly.
  • Be precise. Don’t waste your time in adding unnecessary information.
  • Use examples instead of explanations. It also makes an essay presentable.
  • Keep the language simple, using lucrative words just takes more time.

FORMAT OF THE ESSAY

An essay regardless of the question follows the same basic format.

For example, take this question

In the past few years, the cases of capital punishment have brought the issue of human rights of the guilty to the public. Though it has been criticised by many human rights organisation, it continues to be used as a punishment in several nations. Should the government do away with the death penalty? Give reasons and examples.

INTRODUCTION

=> An introduction should be short, precise and clear. It shouldn’t be more than 3-4 lines.

=> Your stand on the issue should be mentioned (only in opinion articles, in others, just provide a short description.)

Here is an example introduction for the above essay question about Capital Punishment:

Capital punishment also called death penalty is when a state sentences an individual for a crime that is considered serious according to its laws. Though every human should have the right to live, it can be argued that serious offences should be punished in accordance with the crime, which sometimes deserves capital punishment.

BODY PARAGRAPHS

=> This is the most important part of the essay. Divide it into at least 2-3 paragraphs.

=> Start each essay with a topic sentence. The topic sentence is the main point of the paragraph; the controlling idea. Then, proceed to explain and give examples.

=> Every paragraph should be connected to the one before. Make sure to keep the essay in flow.

Para 1: Begin with a topic sentence. Discuss the topic in detail and provide the arguments of the critics.

Capital punishment is the right of the state to take away the life of the guilty. Critics of this punishment argue that every person has the right to live and no one, not even the state should have the right to take it away. Only nature and no man can exercise this right.

Para 2: This is the paragraph where you begin to start providing arguments for your stand on the issue.

Nevertheless, capital punishment is a justifiable punishment. From an economic point of view, the taxes of the citizens should not be wasted on providing for a criminal whose mere existence is a threat to the society.Socially, these people do not add any value to the society and reforming them isn’t an option.

Para 3: Continue with the flow of the paragraph before and give the last argument.

In addition, capital punishment acts a deterrent to heinous crimes and is an apt punishment for the crime. Pardoning a serious crime sends a wrong message to the criminals encouraging them. Also, the pacificist judgement might aggrieve the victim or the society for not giving the deserved punishment.

CONCLUSION

=> This is the final paragraph of the essay. Keep it short and precise.

=> Sum up in this paragraph by rephrasing the argument you made in the introduction – present it differently, do not copy word by word.

=> Do not add any new points or arguments.

In conclusion, capital punishment is a necessary punishment in a nation in the case of heinous crimes. The positives of this punishment outweigh the negatives. For maintaining law and order, it is necessary to prevent crime and give justice to the victim.

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While you always get important information following searches like ‘tips on writing 500 words essay’ and especially save time writing essays, it is important to note that when you finally find the right solution, speed shouldn’t compromise the quality you produce in essays. Whichever way you look at it, every student needs an expert guide on every aspect of academia, which includes time management. The catch here is even when it comes to crafting narrative, persuasive, expository, or argumentative essays – saving time remains a pivotal aspect of success.

7 Steps On How To Write A Good Essay In An Hour

Now, here comes the trickiest part. Are you able to write an essay in an hour? If so, what are some of the most crucial steps involved? To write an essay in an hour a student must own up to a few things. First understand that time is limited, and secondly, without being able to meet deadlines, other equally important academic tasks may suffer as well.

The following are the seven major steps to crafting an exceptional paper before the clock runs out:

1. Plan your time

Jumping into writing isn’t always a good idea, and you may want to ask, why? Well, while you could be having all the best ideas streaming in your mind, it is important to look at it from a perspective of time management. Failing to plan means some steps may consume more time than planned, something which could mean you rush through the most important stages like editing to beat deadlines.

2. Read extensively

Students who read extensively prior to writing their papers agree they are usually able to manage their time wisely and that write a college paper is not only going to be fast but also easy when you take this approach.

Be sure to take notes. Collecting information and data you gather from reading sources saves you a great amount of time at the writing stage.

4. Write down a thesis statement

Next step to doing an essay in an hour is crafting the thesis statement. With this, you have more time to think about other sections of your paper and build the draft quickly around a central idea.

5. Create topic statements around your thesis

Now, it is time to come up with topic statements which you will build up sentences and paragraphs. With a good thesis – Global warming is apocalyptic, setups the content of the essay with supporting ideas such as: causes of global warming and how to curb the menace, make the best starting points for paragraphs, not to mention that the flow makes for a great essay format.

With the aforementioned points, writing should not be a tedious process. Craft your paper quickly, and if possible, type everything without drafting a rough copy. This stage should be easy if you have the best information on paper, and that you had planned well. For a one hour task, anyone with a good plan and quality notes should be able to write an essay fast and 30 minutes is enough time to wrap things up in a fashionable way. Remember, your introduction should hook readers and the conclusion should summarize main ideas.

7. Proofread and edit slow

The last stage is editing, which should be easy, especially if you have factored in the above points on how to quickly write an essay. Experts say, “write fast, and edit slowly.”

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How To Write Every College Essay Quickly

Given the popularity of essay assignments in colleges, students should be armed with tips that make the process not only easy and fun but also quick. Without the above points, coming up with a creative literary composition would be a struggle. These are quick steps that help you deliver a phenomenal paper at the last minutes of an urgent assignment.

In a nutshell, even if you have half an hour, every student can craft a good essay. You only need to cultivate and develop the right skills, most of which are anchored in our easy tips. When these tasks become urgent, one can always check out fast essay writing service and order papers. Whether you need help with literature, psychology, sociology, economics, biology, history or any other subject, there is always someone on standby to help fast.

Finally, with this post on how to write essays faster coming at the most opportune time when students are struggling with academic assignments, it is our hope it will help solve most of your problems, if not all. There is nothing more important than getting good grades in essays.

How to write an essay

The ancient art of rhetoric dates back to the Classical period of ancient Greece, when rhetoricians used this persuasive form of public speaking to address their fellow citizens in the Greek republics. As time went on, rhetoric remained at the center of education in the western world for nearly 2,000 years. In our modern world, rhetoric is still an integral part of human discourse, utilized by world leaders and students alike to argue their points of view.

The definition of rhetoric is the “art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing,” where language is used to have a convincing or impressive effect on the audience being addressed.

At some point in every student’s academic career, instructors will deliver the assignment to write a persuasive essay that argues for or against a certain topic. Whether or not you’ve taken a course in rhetoric, students can apply the principles of rhetoric to write an effective persuasive essay that convinces the audience to accept a certain viewpoint.

To be as convincing as Aristotle on the stand, your persuasive essay must be based on sound logic and factual evidence that support the overall argument. As you begin to think about writing a persuasive essay, here are several tips that will help you argue your topic like a true rhetorician.

Choose a position you’re passionate about

The first step in writing a persuasive essay is choosing a topic and picking a side. If the topic is something you believe in, it will make the entire experience of researching, writing, and arguing your perspective more personal. Choosing a topic that appeals to you on an emotional or sentimental level will make its defense easier. Plus, chances are you’ll already know a good deal of information about the topic, so you won’t be left scrambling when it’s time to start your research.

Thoroughly research both sides

Every argument has a counterargument—this is one of the staples of rhetoric. To convince your reader to agree with you, you must be knowledgeable of the opposing side. As important as it is to thoroughly research your topic, identifying and studying both sides of the argument will help you develop the strongest supporting evidence possible. During the research process, gather as much information as you can about the topic at hand. Use your school’s resources like the library, academic journals, and reference materials. With a full understanding of your topic, you’ll be able to readily counter the opposition and assuage any follow-up questions that might cast doubt on your claims.

Draft your thesis statement

One of the most important elements of your persuasive essay is your thesis statement, which should tell readers exactly what your stance encompasses. Without a forceful thesis, you won’t be able to deliver an effective argument. The construction of your thesis statement should include the “what” and the “how” of your argument—what is the argument you are trying to convince your readers to accept? And how will I convince my readers that the argument is sound? While the “how” may become clearer as your essay progresses, your thesis statement should set up the organizational pattern of your essay while presenting your position.

Create a working structure or outline

Outlining your paper will give you a clear view of your argument and the way it develops. Think critically about the strengths and weaknesses of your argument—where would it be most effective for you to introduce your strongest supporting evidence? For rhetoric’s sake, it’s probably not wise to save the best for last. Instead, use your outline to get organized from the outset, anchoring each point in evidence, analysis, and counterargument. List out all of your major claims and the research that supports each point. Creating a working structure will allow you to break down your argument in a logical and concise order, which will make the writing process more straightforward.

Write with integrity and empathy

The most successful rhetorical arguments draw on three main elements: ethos (ethical reasoning) , logos (logical reasoning) , and pathos (passionate reasoning). If amassed perfectly, these three components will make your argument so powerfully robust that nobody could disagree. However, this is easier said than done; even master rhetoricians struggle to find a balance of these three elements. Ethically, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t misleading or manipulating your argument. Logically, your points must be based in fact and progress in a way that makes sense. Passionately, you should emphasize your evidence and use strategic repetition to compel your audience. The key is to find a harmony or balance among these three elements, writing with integrity and empathy.

As Eben Pagan said, “You can’t convince anyone of anything. You can only give them the right information, so that they can convince themselves.” In the spirit of the ancient Greek rhetoricians, knowing how to write a persuasive essay is an essential function of human discourse—and a true art form when done correctly.

Different ways of writing essays

Studying in college most students forget about their leisure time. The reason of it: an insane amount of workload. Entering college a person learns how to think and express his own ideas on a new level, higher than in school. One of the hardest tasks is writing an essay. A person can spend hours trying to combine proper words and arguments together, but as a result receive a bad mark. After several attempts of composing a good piece of writing a student can find himself shouting ‘I need someone to write my essay for me!’. Well, miracles happen and you can find this person online. The service of essay writing is thriving, and what is most important it’s you who to choose the author. According to experience and education, different price ranges exist. Even you don’t have lots of money to pay the Nobel Prize winner for your essay, there are plenty of skilled specialists ready to do the job. He is called essay writer, and his task is to make a perfect paper for you according to the task.

You can decide what way is more suitable: spending nights over writing an argumentative essay yourself or spending a small amount of money and get the job done. These services are quite convenient for people who don’t have time. Situation of every student is different, most of them working, some have kids or parents to look after, some just forget about homework. The easiest way is to go online to find best essay writing service. Let’s see how they are working.

How essay writing service is working

You tried, you failed, you lost hope. You went online to consult the Internet. After typing ‘write essay for me’ don’t be surprised by amount of websites appearing on the screen of your computer. This service is extremely popular, as there are plenty of students not wiling or not able to perform the job themselves. If you will to pay for essay, numerous websites offer such a possibility. You need to do a research to choose most suitable for you. Essay writers have different education and experience, and hiring someone who is not an expert in the topic would lead to negative outcome. You don’t want your work to be done poorly, because it’s you who would be receiving a mark for it. A person whose job is to write essays for money should have proper knowledge in demanded sphere. Sometimes essays can be easy, but some topics require research and specific education. When searching for college essay writing service online, check that a person has a college degree at least. There are thousands of gifted kids but they don’t earn money this way. In major situations it’s highly unlikely that a scholar is able to write an essay. Anyway, after getting paper read, check and read again what has been sent to you to avoid any complications with the teacher. If you don’t like the work, be sure to leave negative review if possible or ask to make changes.

Is it worth the money?

Sometimes student can ask himself a question: can someone actually write my essay for small amount of money? The answer is yes! Writers are skilled in many topics, have huge experience in creating strong essays and performing job faster than you expect. Cheap essay writing service is not actually a bad website. Sphere of writing is competitive and everyone can find something for his budget.

Introduction: How to Write an Essay

This Instructable will outline the steps to write an essay and by the end of it you’ll be able to write an essay with the best of them.

Step 1: Prewriting

Prewriting is just getting all of your ideas on paper. There are many ways, and maybe prewriting deserves an instructable of its own. For the purposes of writing an essay all you need to do is write down your ideas somewhere until you have a good idea what you’d like to do your essay on.

Step 2: The Thesis Statement & Set Up

The Thesis Statement is hugely important to your essay. It’s the point you want your essay to drive home. A good thesis statement is strong.

A good example of a thesis statement is: Twain uses the growth and development of Huck Finn to show readers what is morally right.

The thing that is most important about a thesis statement is that it needs to be about what you’re going to write about. If your thesis statement is about the relationship between Shakespeare and Scooby Doo, then you better stick to it. You can’t throw in a paragraph about how Velma relates to Charles Dickens, because it does not fit with your thesis. Everything in your essay should work towards proving your thesis.

Note: If writing about a book you might want to include the title and author in your them statement. Otherwise you can include that info in another sentence before it.

Also multiple sentence theme statements are possible, but can mucky up the point.

Set Up
Before I write my Essay I use the following set up.

1. Attention Getter
2.Thesis Statement.
2. Evidence for body paragraphs
5. Tie in to attention getter.

I find it helps when writing to have these before i get too far into it. However, it is completely up to you.

Step 3: The Introduction

The introduction should have the follwing construction:

1. Attention Getter
2.Thesis
3. Plan of Development
4. Transition

Somewhere in there you need to include any other information that is necessary, such as the title and author (if your essay is about a book), or the time period (if about a certain event). You need to include the setting.

1The Attention Getter
Write whatever you need to get attention as long as it relates to the essay.
Warning: Contrary to popular belief a question is not a very good attention getter. A reader simply answering no to a question can ruin one of these questions very easily.

Good ideas for an attention getter are short anecdotes or a quote (if writing about a book it’s best to use a quote that is not from this book). It’s important that the attention getter has some relation to the rest of your essay.

2. The Thesis
Usually a sentence or two you need to state your thesis. Let the purpose of this essay be known to the reader.

3. The Plan of Development
For the pl an of development you need to go over what your essay will be showing/explaining. You want to tell what the purpose is of each of your body paragraph. You can use anywhere from 1-5 sentences. I tend to keep mine short, and use the topic sentences of my body paragraphs to help me write my plan of development.

4.Transitions.
You want your essay to flow. One idea leads to the next. An essay without transitions will be chunky and unappealing. There’s not much advice to give you on transitions except that you need to connect your paragraphs together.

Step 4: Body Paragraph

Most Body paragraphs consist of.

1.Topic Sentence
2.Lead to evidence
3.Evidence
4.Explanation of Evidence
5.Short Recap
6.Transition
*note: steps 2-4 can be repeated multiple times in the same paragraph as long as it all relates and proves the topic sentence.

1. The topic sentence is like a mini thesis for this paragraph. What point is this paragraph proving?
2. You have to lead into the quote you can’t just plop a quote randomly in the middle of a paragraph.
example: At a sad time for his family Bobby said, ”
3. The best evidence is a quote in my opinion. Specific examples can also work. Make sure your evidence really does prove what you need it to, and that it comes from a reliable source.

4. Explain what the evidence shows. This should probably be at least 2 sentences. Make sure the reader knows how it supports the topic sentence.

5. The short recap is probably a sentence explaining what this paragraph said.

6. Once again you’ll need to smoothly flow into the next paragraph.

Step 5: Conclusion

A conclusion should have the following steps.

1.Restate the Thesis.
2.Go over what you have already talked about.
3. Tie in with Attention getter.

1. just as it says
2. It’s kind of like the plan of development.
3. This is where your essay gets that nice feeling because it starts in a similar way it ends. Sometimes a tie in can be hard to think of, but if you do it can pay off big time.

Step 6: Things to Remember Throughout Writing.

When writing an analytical or informative essay you should remain impersonal. Stay away from You’s and I’s. The only time I would recommend using I’s and You’s might be in a persuasive essay to a certain audience that knows you.

When writing keep the same tense. If you’re writing in the past tense stay in it. Here’s an example of someone who doesn’t keep in the same tense.
Billy had a ball. The ball is nice. Too bad he popped it.

See how awkward that sounds. Don’t do that.

It should read: Billy Had a ball. The ball was nice. Too bad he popped it.

Step 7: Revision and Rewriting.

I suggest rereading a printed copy of your essay and marking it up. Then you can make the changes print it out. For the best results you should let someone else read it.

When you go back to make the changes again, feel free to rewrite whole sections of the essay that sound like they could be improved. Don’t be afraid of changing your essay too much during the revision process. The whole point is to change it.

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