How to Write an Essay
Writing an essay can be difficult especially for those who are writing an essay for the first time, but there are many ways to learn and improve your writing skills. Writing a well-structured essay needs a lot of practice so there is no worry if you make a small mistake here and there. Once you get the hang of it, writing an A-plus essay will be very easy for you.
Here is a step by step on how to write an essay.
Writing an essay starts from writing a simple paragraph.
A paragraph is a foundation of all essay writing. Before you can be a pro at essay writing, of course, you need to master in writing a good paragraph. There are four essential elements to writing a good paragraph: unity, order, coherence, and completeness.
- Unity: each supporting point should not be off topic. Each idea should support its topic.
- Order: organize your paragraph to make it easy to understand.
- Coherence: make each sentence connect to each other. Using transition is the best way to approach this.
- Completeness: A well-developed paragraph consists of a topic sentence, supporting points and concluding sentence.
1. Topic Sentence
Before you jump into the writing, you need to think about the topic sentence. The topic sentence is the first sentence that gives a reader a clue about what kind of essay you are writing about. The more engaging the topic sentence that you write, the more it will make the readers pay attention to your writing. The topic sentence must neither too narrow nor too broad.
2. Supporting Details
Each claim that a writer has made need to be backed up with facts, descriptions or examples. Without great of supporting details, the paragraph has no meaning to the readers.
3. Concluding Sentence
A complete paragraph has to have a topic sentence, supporting details and concluding sentence. A concluding sentence is where a writer concludes what an author has said in writing. The closing sentence can be in the form of summarizing the whole paragraph, restating the main idea or leaving a reader with something to think about.
The essay consists of longer paragraphs or at least five paragraphs. Once you know how to write a well-developed paragraph, writing an essay will become easier. You just need to develop it even longer.
1. The first paragraph is the introduction
2. The second, third and fourth paragraphs will be supporting details
3. The fifth paragraph will be the conclusion.
Gather information as much as you need. Follow your teacher or professor guidelines. If you need to read a particular text book, make sure you use the information from the book to support your claims in your essay. Last but not least, create an outline so that it will help you organize your writing efficiently and do not forget to reference your sources.
Essay Outline sample
The title of Essay: [write the title of essay]
Thesis Statement: [your thesis statement goes here]
Body Paragraph 1 (main point 1) Topic Sentence: [topic sentence for the first main point is here]
- [1. supporting point to support paragraph 1]
- [2. supporting point to support paragraph 1]
- [3. supporting point to support paragraph 1]
Body Paragraph 2 (main point 2) Topic Sentence: [topic sentence for the second main point is here]
- [1. supporting point to support paragraph 2]
- [2. supporting point to support paragraph 2]
- [3. supporting point to support paragraph 2]
Body Paragraph 3 (main point 3) Topic Sentence: [topic sentence for the third main point is here]
- [1. supporting point to support paragraph 3]
- [2. supporting point to support paragraph 3]
- [3. supporting point to support paragraph 3]
Concluding Paragraph: [your concluding paragraph goes here]