Structure of the Essay

The traditional essay structure is one that is most frequently used. With your experience in writing essays, you will likely understand that there is, first of all, the introduction. The function of the introduction is to present the topic or the situation, and usually, it sets the tone for what will follow.

Secondly, there is the body of the essay, which is a series of paragraphs that develop the ideas or arguments that support the main idea, or the thesis, commonly found in the introduction of the essay.

This is followed up by the conclusion, usually the last paragraph of the essay, which summarizes the main points and which is a logical follow up to the thesis and the argument. The conclusion is the insightful ending of the discussion.

Types of Essays

  • Argumentative: writer argues a particular point for the benefit of others to possibly persuade the reader that he is right!
  • Descriptive: describes a particular location or person that has made a significant impression on the reader.
  • Narrative: writer tells a personal story, usually for the purpose of illustrating a point.
  • Personal: autobiographical telling of a personal experience that may have impacted the shaping of a writer's life.
  • Expository: essay of explanation that demonstrates how something works. This could also illustrate the mechanics of an event.

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