There are many ways to write an essay. However, the standard essay form follows the same basic patterns as discussed in this 'how to'.
Time Required: 30 minutes
- Select the topic of your essay.
- Choose the central idea, or thesis, of your essay. For example: Information technology has revolutionized the way we work.
- Outline your essay into introductory, body and summary paragraphs.
- The introductory paragraph begins with an interesting sentence. For example: Home workers have grown from 150,000 to over 12 million in the past 5 years thanks to the wonders of the computer.
- After this first sentence, add your thesis statement from above.
- Use one sentence to introduce every body paragraph to follow. For example: The Internet has made this possible by extending the office into the home.
- Finish the introductory paragraph with a short summary or goal statement. For example: Technological innovation has thus made the traditional workplace obsolete.
- In each of the body paragraphs (usually two or three) the ideas first presented in the introductory paragraph are developed.
- Develop your body paragraphs by giving detailed information and examples. For example: When the Internet was first introduced it was used primarily by scientists, now it is common in every classroom.
- Body paragraphs should develop the central idea and finish with a summary of that idea. There should be at least two examples or facts in each body paragraph to support the central idea.
- The summary paragraph summarizes your essay and is often a reverse of the introductory paragrah.
- Begin the summary paragrah by quickly restating the principal ideas of your body paragraphs. For example: The Internet in the home, benefits and ease of use of modern computer systems...
- The penultimate sentence should restate your basic thesis of the essay. For example: We have now passed from the industrial revolution to the information revolution.
- Your final statement can be a future prediction based on what you have shown in the essay. For example: The next step: The complete disappearance of the workplace.
- Use strong verbs and avoid modals to state your opinion. It is better to write: The workplace has evolved than The workplace seems to have evolved
- Do not apologize for what you are saying. An essay is about your opinion.
- Do not translate from your mother tongue. It will quickly get you into trouble!
What You Need:
- Computer or Typewriter