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How to Write an Essay

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Megan Ganser

on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of How to Write an Essay

The thesis answers "so what?" It is a specific and sophisticated sentence that sets the tone and topic of the entire paper.
Supporting Paragraph
Supporting Paragraph
Supporting Paragraph
Conclusion
Introduction
Start with a broad idea
This is a general statement about what you will discuss in your paper. Include necessary information such as the title and author, or the main topic you are going to discuss.
Finish intro with the THESIS
OVERALL INTRO INFO:
It states a broad overall idea for the paper first, then begins to narrow in on the specific point.
The key to a great paper is a great thesis!
There should first be a topic sentence to introduce the supporting topic and relate it to the thesis!
---- Further explain and add supporting details -----
Each supporting paragraph needs to have a closing thought. This closing sentence concludes the point and reiterates the relevance to the thesis.
Topic sentences and closing thoughts are very important because a single supporting topic might require more than one supporting paragraph. Having well established topic and closing sentences for each supporting point provides clear information to the reader with better paper organization.
HINT!!!!
Now you should be flowing through your supporting paragraphs!
Hint to make writing easier: write how you would speak to get your thoughts on paper, then go back to edit and make sure the wording is appropriate when taking into consideration who your audience is!
To establish a thoughtful paper, supporting topics should be brainstormed ahead of time. This way, getting to this third supporting topic should not be too difficult!
At this point, you have written quite a bit to prove your thesis! The farther you get through your paper, don't forget to keep your thesis in mind! All of the information you provide needs to be relevant to the thesis!
NOTE ABOUT ALL SUPPORTING PARAGRAPHS:

Between each paragraph, there should be smooth transitions.
THIS DOES NOT JUST MEAN TRANSITION WORDS!!!!
Transitions need to be strategic and thoughtful. While each paragraph is separate and each supporting topic is different, they need to be related to each other to ultimately function together to support the thesis.
WOW!
Now you've got quality AND quantity... YOU ARE ALMOST DONE!
1. Reintroduce the thesis to remind the reader the specific point of reading this entire essay.
2. Briefly recap how each point you made in your supporting paragraphs supports your thesis and make a powerful statement to prove your point.
3. End on a broad but thoughtful note. Leave the reader satisfied but still thinking.
Conclusions can be difficult, but don't worry... It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
HOW TO WRITE AN ESSAY
It isn't as difficult as you might think!
START BY BRAINSTORMING!
Ask the following questions to get started:
What do I want to write about?
What is my thesis?
What are my supporting ideas?
Who is my audience?
What is my assignment?
Next take those thoughts even further:
Map
Outline
Talk it Over
Write Notes
Research
LET'S
START
WRITING!

Follow this diagram and keep these concepts in mind to create a great essay!
Have confidence and just put pen to paper! You will be surprised at how much you know once you just start writing!
YOU'RE NOT QUITE FINISHED!
Editing and revising are just as important as brainstorming!
There are two different approaches to edit/revise your paper:
You Reread
Someone Else Reads
No matter who is doing the editing, there are specific things the reader should look for:
Spelling
Punctuation
Tense
Relevance
Organization
Quality
Mark on the paper to correct any issues, and then go back to revise afterward! Once revisions are done, your paper should be free from all mistakes and the reader should be able to clearly follow your thought process.
Learning how to write a paper properly is important!
If you master these concepts and utilize these skills, you will become a great writer!
You will be writing papers throughout your entire education, and possibly throughout your entire future career!
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