How to Write an Essay

 

A Well Thought Out Essay

 

Writing an essay (SA) is all about expounding on a single topic and supporting your expose with an abundance of accurate ammunition. In other words, it’s a well-thought out exposition the writer fully develops with facts and examples.

Start with a strong, interesting thesis statement, a.k.a. topic sentence, which you write before you organize your supporting thoughts.  Put your topic sentence in the first paragraph.  

For essays assigned by an educator, make your topic sentence the very first sentence.  (tip: use the teacher’s own wording to insure you’re off on the correct path.) For example, if you essay assignment reads : Discuss the aspects of man’s personality that contribute to his concept of ‘self’ as described in Emerson’s essay on “Self-Reliance,” then your topic sentence could be: “Emerson’s essay on ‘Self-Reliance’ reveals several distinct personality traits that contribute to a strong sense of self.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1857

Peruse Emerson’s essay, noting the lines italicized.  These lines are each an intro into a specific trait of self-reliance, as Emerson perceived it.  

You could organize your essay to discuss each of his points, adding your own thoughts, examples, facts, etc., giving a modern spin to each.

Your last paragraph can be a paraphrase of your first, to wrap things up.  Simply Amazing formula for writing an essay!