How To Do Short Essay

Being short can be a challenge because you have to fit all the points you want to make into five paragraphs and here’s what you are supposed to put in the paragraphs the first paragraph of the five paragraph essay is the introduction I’ll be explaining later how you make an introduction paragraph the next part of the essay is called the body because it’s in the middle just like your body which is between your head and your how do I say it your waist yeah that’s it so the body is the largest portion of the essay and it is three paragraphs that’s where you use your sources and try to persuade your reader so far with the introduction in the body we have accounted for four of the five essay paragraphs the last paragraph is the conclusion so how you figure out what to put in an essay is that you select a position meaning you choose an issue and decide if you are in favor for it or against it in this class for each essay I will assign you the issue so in this class you will just have to pick between being in favor of or being against the topic for your essay. Learn more about different types of essays and how to write them onĀ Edusson.

Then your goal in the body of the paper is to provide good points and evidence for those good points to persuade whoever is reading your essay to agree with your position to do that successfully you have to defend your position with facts that come from sources other than you don’t worry if you are not ready to write an essay like that right now I need to first explain to you how I’m going to use the word thesis when talking about essays now a lot of you have heard the word thesis before especially when it comes to college a lot of master’s degree students need to write a thesis which is a large document about a research project but in the essay world a thesis means something slightly different it also can be called a thesis statement in the essay world the thesis or thesis statement is exactly one sentence that presents the argument that the whole essay will be built around sometimes my students say I thought you said I have to say an opinion where does that come in well the thesis statement or thesis is actually a sentence with an opinion argument embedded into it but it’s sneaky because it doesn’t have obvious opinion words like I think or my opinion is here.

I’ll give you an example from my favorite place to get examples the Olive High School graduate should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness now some of you can see the hidden opinion in there but just in case you can I’ll show you where it is here see how it says high school graduates should be required so think about it another thesis we could say is high schools graduates should not be required and that would be two opposite opinions also there’s even a little more opinion embedded in this example thesis statement it says that high school graduates pursuing community service projects would increase their maturity in global awareness but that’s an opinion to some people don’t think community service projects would do that.

Essay Is Like A Sandwich

I feel like actually the introduction sometimes it’s a couple of paragraphs most of the time it’s only the first paragraph but this one is more informative it kind of tells us like what the situation is it is a little bit attention-grabbing saying like most people think I’ve read past there and saying that he owes his knowledge to prison which is surprising but it’s more informative the other one kind of had a light-hearted tone to it this one is a little more serious I feel like so then we go to body in the body paragraphs this is between the introduction in the canoe it’s pretty much the meat of the sandwich over to think of the essay like a sandwich but it has all your supporting ideas and it has the evidence so the quotations the paraphrase is the summaries which we’ll go over later on in class.

But it brings in all those things the plot so thinking specifically about your literacy narrative it has the plot in it so what happens in the story we’re gonna we’re gonna hear about it in the body paragraph you know piece by piece the dialogue the different things that happen in the story it advances and complicates the thesis this kind of applies to the later essays that we you know will be writing because I don’t really feel like your literacy narrative will have a thesis per se but it but it just moves the essay forward this Bott the body pair body paragraphs are the meat of the essay and kind of just have all your main ideas in it the supporting evidence that you find for it all the different things that happen in your essay kind of go through the body paragraph and you’re discussing everything in it.

So in terms of your literacy narrative this is where you’re going to have your dialogue what happens in this story the different parts of the plot and it’s going to have your your kind of your transformation through this through this essay is going to happen in your body paragraph so if you want to talk about how you went from hating writing or to kind of finding some appreciation for it you know this is just an example it’s going to you’re gonna see that in the body paragraphs okay a conclusion is at the end as the name implies it concludes your essay it reviews so the conclusion can do many different things it can review the major ideas and it most likely will review the major ideas it summarizes what people just read it can have a look ahead so okay now that you have read you know what I have said in this essay here’s what I want you to walk away with here’s what I want you to do going forward it’s a call it can sometimes be a call to action so like okay especially if you’re writing an argumentative essay you know sometimes maybe about environmental issues or something that you social issue that you want to see changed like okay now go recycle or something right.

Basic essay writing structure

So, let’s consider a basic essay-writing structure and when I say ‘essay’ writing, I mean most assignments you’ll be doing have a structure which looks something like this and I’ve divided this part into the sections of the writing and their function.

The first section is an introductory section. Now everything you write at the University will have carry with it, will have a word count and you’re expected to write within plus or minus ten percent of that word count. The introduction has around five percent of the word count. It has two functions, the first of which is to set the context of the paper, to position the essay for the reader.

And the second is to state the thesis or the position, your position, in relation to the topic, and it’ll have some type of expression at the end of the introductionwhich says something like ‘this paper examines’, ‘this paper looks at’, ‘this paper proposes that’. The second part is the body or the main part is the body it takes ninety percent of the word count. This is always divided into paragraphs. The paragraphs make up the sections and the sections follow the structure proposed in your initial thesis in the introduction.

So, if you’re saying this essay examines A, B and C, they are the sectional- that is the sectional order of your paper. Now, those sections will be divided into paragraphs.

The final part of the paper will be your concluding section, again, carries about 5% of the word count expectation, and in this part you need to wrap up briefly summarise what you’ve written about and, importantly, you offer some type of conclusion about what the paper, what you’ve come to, what you now know don’t just stop it at the summary. Going back to the idea of the word count, let’s look at an example of a paper with 2,000 words. If we think about the five percent requirement for the introduction we’re looking at about a hundred words, if I just distribute the rest of the words amongst these three sections we might see it might look something like this.

That first section being only 300 would would imply that it’s somewhat of a descriptive section maybe with definitions of terms, so a tip … where you have analytical sectionsthey are worth or they carry more of the word countthan descriptive sections.So parts which are describing what the topic is, it defines some key terms, those parts of the paper will be less substantive than the parts were you engage with the ideas, the analysis. Another tip, at this stage write your intro and your conclusion last. Write the body parts first, write the intro and conclusion parts last. They’ll make more sense to you then. What you’re trying to achieve is a sense of a narrative thread through the paper which is gained by a logical sequenceand a logical structure and paragraphs which seem to make sense following each other in the way that I’ve described.