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Writing an Essay

Description of a 3-paragraph essay and tips to write one.
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Julia Puerto

on 13 November 2013

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Transcript of Writing an Essay

Writing an Essay
What is an essay?
An essay is a piece of writing that methodically analyses and evaluates a topic or issue. Fundamentally, an essay is designed to get your academic opinion on a particular matter.
Parts of an Essay
Essays, like sandwiches or burgers, are divided into different parts. These parts are the:

1. Introduction
2. Body
3. Conclusion
The Introduction
The introduction opens the essay. It is a short paragraph – usually about THREE sentences. In an argument essay, it usually describes or summarizes both sides of the present situation and says what you are going to do in your essay.
Writing the Introduction
Write...
S1: One side of the present situation.
S2: The other side of the present situation.
S3: (Thesis) What will you do in your essay.
Example of Introduction
In my country, most old people live happily with their children. Increasingly, however, many families cannot take care of their parents. This essay will describe some of the problems involved with taking of old people, and discuss who should be responsible.
The Body
The Body is the main part of the essay. In an argument essay, it is divided into two or three paragraphs, giving your opinion and reasons.
Each paragraph should be between FIVE and SEVEN sentences long.
The Body
Two words: Use Paragraphs!
The body of the essay should ALWAYS be divided into paragraphs. Never write just one long paragraph. Why?
- They show that you have put similar ideas together.
- The white spaces make reading easier.
The Conclusion
The Conclusion is the end of the essay. It is a short paragraph – about THREE sentences. It often has the same idea as the Introduction, only in different words.
The Conclusion
A good conclusion will...
- rephrase the question
- summarize the main ideas
- give your opinion, if you haven’t given it already
- look to the future (say what will happen if the situation continues or changes)
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