Like most writing projects you may be assigned, an essay does not have to be a difficult process…if you are prepared. Before we get started with the actual easy writing process, consider creating an outline. Although some think that an outline is only extra work, it can actually make your job easier by helping you organize your thoughts. The steps you see below can be just the outline you need for your essay. Check out our youtube video to learn how to write an essay. Or simply read below.
An essay has four main parts:
The introduction is composed of three parts:
- Why you chose this particular topic (your thesis statement)
- Intro statement/attention getter
- The points you will cover
A word about a thesis statement. This is where you state the topic you’re writing about and three ideas you will be discussing in your essay. In this thesis statement: Raising a show dog is a fun, arduous and expensive hobby, the topic is “Raising a show dog” and the three ideas to be discussed are “fun, arduous and expensive hobby.”
Since this is where you “hook” or capture the interest of your reader (professor), don’t take this exercise lightly. Use attention-getting sentences that challenge, question, or otherwise engage your reader.
The introduction is followed by the body of your essay. This is where you will list three or more points that support the thesis statement you made in your introduction. To make writing the body easier, take just one of the points and break it down into supporting points. Then, write several sentences that explain these points. Repeat this process for each of the other points and you will have created the body of your essay.
The first sentence of the following example shows a point and the other three sentences provide supporting points:
Preparation for a dog show requires some serious grooming of the dog. The day before the show, the dog gets a bath. In addition, yes, prepare to get wet! On the day of the show you must brush out any undercoating that might be loose, apply chalk to the white sections of the dog’s legs and make sure the dog’s nails are not too long.
Now that you’ve make your points in the body of your essay, the conclusion sums up the information you presented earlier and provides closure to the reader.
Here are four objects you need in your conclusion to your essay:
Try these steps when you write your next essay. They will surely make you job a lot easier.
- Call to action. This asks your reader to do something. Continuing with the show dog example from above, here’s a call to action conclusion-So find a dog show near your home and join in the thrills and excitement of this fine sport.
- Summarize the main points you made in the body of your essay. Be sure to restate them so you are not repeating what you have already written. You must groom the dog to perfection would work for our example above.
- Come to a decision. Referring to our example, we would suggest No matter what you see, dog shows are not for the faint of heart! to support this concept.
- Question the reader. This would look like-Do you think you have it in you to raise a show dog?