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Elements of the Essay

This is foundational information for the essay in E101
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Charlotte Byrd

on 26 October 2013

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Transcript of Elements of the Essay

A well-written essay is composed of 3 parts.
the
INTRODUCTION
the
BODY
the
CONCLUSION

Announces the subject
Previews the topic
Catches the attention of the reader by
Asking provoking questions
Making an interesting arousing (shocking) statement
Using an anecdote
Intro usually ends with the THESIS
The Introduction
THESIS
Functions to carry out ideas from writer to reader
Follows
ONLY 4
consistent orders for ideas
Chronological
(Time) Ancient, Medieval, Modern
Spatial
North, Central, South
Enumerative
Major, Minor: Least important to Most important
Causal
the car crashed—injuries resulted
The BODY
THE CONCLUSION
This is your time to shine. Read the next frame for the to finishing your essay in an excellent manner.
Success is learning these elements of the essay and practicing them in
every
class
every
time you have an essay assignment.
The
SO WHAT
is
The CONCLUSION. Spend time on it!
It has has 6 basic functions.
Watch this video
on the thesis and take
notes .
Restates the THESIS and key topics
Discusses the results or forecasts consequences
Places a topic in a broader context
Calls for action
Incorporates a quotation—warning don’t use only the quote.
Offer a telling statistic.
Elements of the Essay
Graphic: http://www.laspositascollege.edu/raw/essaystructure.php
Think hamburgers!
hook
Thesis
hook
essay
^
Wilmington University requires all papers to be in APA format. That is the norm.
Watch this video
on the thesis and take
notes .
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