Essay writing is so very easy if you keep three things in mind. First, know why you’re writing the paper (for my English teacher). Next you need to think about three things that are relevant to the information (3 reasons why you should apply for college, 3 ways to keep your boyfriend, 3 reasons why Shakespeare is not so excellent as everyone claims, etc). Lastly, have the confidence in yourself to know that your classmate is not smarter than you because he/she can write an essay. Let’s go!
Look at your paper. Read the question or situation your teacher has posed. You must understand the question or situation. If you don’t, look it up on the Internet. The resources you have are endless for comprehension. Despite this, do not, under any circumstances plagiarize what you have read. Don’t be a cheat. You have your own mind. Use it!
Quickly make a list of things that will answer the questions your teacher has posed. Remember that one of the most important aspects about an essay is whether or not you can justify your answer. if you can truly back up a reason, then it’s worth exploring. Make your list without thinking (brainstorming). Re-read your list. Choose three items.
You can do this.
Begin! Write an outline first, such as the one below.
I. Introduction (Paragraph 1)
First Sentence: It must grab your readers! Use a fact, an anecdote, or something amazing about the topic.
Sentence #2: Your first reason.
Sentence #3: A detail about your first reason.
Sentence #4: Your second reason.
Sentence #5: A detail about your second reason.
Sentence #6: Your third reason.
Sentence #7: A detail about your third reason.
II. Paragraph 2 (First Reason)
First Sentence: Use a transition word with your first reason.
2nd, 3rd, 4th sentences: More details about your first reason.
Last sentence: Transition to your third paragraph. Example: how this reason relates to the second reason coming up. (It should always flow.)
III. Paragraph 3 (Second Reason)
First Sentence: Use a transition word with your second reason.
2nd, 3rd, 4th sentences: More details about your second reason.
Last sentence: Transition to your fourth paragraph.
IV. Paragraph 4 (Third reason)
First Sentence: Transition with third reason.
2nd, 3rd, 4th sentences: More details about your fourth reason.
Last sentence: Transition to fifth paragraph. This time close it up a bit.
V. Paragraph 5 (Summary of Three Reasons)
This is where you restate your three reasons in different words. You also add why these reasons are important and how they justify the question being answered. End your essay with a sentence that demonstrates your belief in your answers.
The majority of essays can be built upon this format. There are specific formats for persuasive essays and narrative essays, though. In the end, the purpose is to to gain confidence in writing and knowing that no matter what question is thrown at you, it can be answered in a well thought-out manner. I have used this format for college and state essays for over 20 years and have always received 100%. This is guaranteed!