The basic format for an essay is known as the five paragraph essay – but an essay may have as many paragraphs as needed. However, the essay itself consists of three sections: an introduction, a body and a conclusion.
Below we'll explore the basics of writing an essay.
When you first start writing essays in school, it's not uncommon to have a topic assigned to you.
However, as you progress in grade level, you'll increasingly be given the opportunity to choose the topic of your essays.
You'll need to narrow down your topic to something like "Russian Politics: Past, Present and Future" or "Racial Diversity in the Former USSR". Or to education about a person, place, thing or idea?
If you're expected to choose your own topic, then the first step is to define the purpose of your essay. The topic you choose needs to support the purpose of your essay.
It's important that you learn early on how to write effective essays that communicate clearly and accomplish specific objectives.
An essay is a written composition where you express a specific idea and then support it with facts, statements, analysis and explanations.
If you've already selected an essay topic, and developed an outline or diagram, you now can decide what points you want to communicate through your essay. The first component is the topic, and the second is the point(s) of the essay.
The following is an example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement: The life of a child raised in Pena Blanca is characterized by little playing, a lot of hard work and extreme poverty.