What format you should choose for your academic essay

 

A well formatted essay is like a puzzle with all its pieces fitted in the correct place. There is an order that must be followed, as well as a structure that supports all of its components. Let’s take a good look at the format of a five paragraph essay. Each section will be broken down into various components so that you can see how they all fit together.

Introduction

The crux of your argument

Your introduction should contain the thesis statement of your entire essay. The thesis statement can be defined as a declaration of what you are proposing. Try to do this in no more than one sentence and make sure it fits in perfectly with the topic title of your essay.

For narrative essays, this may work a little bit differently, but the idea is the same. Find a main subject (or character), and introduce that subject as the reader finds it/him/her.

Supporting your thesis statement

Still within the introduction, you should give some supporting elements to the statement you just made. Building approximately three supports around your statement will effectively build your introduction to the point it needs to be.

In a narrative essay, your supporting points could be something like supporting characters, characteristics of the main character, or a setting your character finds him- or herself.

The Body

 

Subtitles

You will now create one paragraph per supporting statement made in the introduction. Remember to give your paragraphs subtitles that effectively describe the direction you are taking with each one. Don't let your subtitle misdirect the reader about what your paragraph is leading into. Each one should also be put forth in different words than what were used in the introduction when you described them.

The first paragraph

To successfully develop your first body paragraph, you need to go back to your introduction. Take the first supporting point you made for your statement and elaborate on it. By providing a detailed description of supporting evidence, you can begin to build your argument effectively. Be sure to expand on this point more than you did in your introduction.

The second paragraph

More is needed to support your thesis statement. The second paragraph will aim to further convince your reader by expanding on the second supporting point you made in your introduction. Make sure you are staying on topic by taking a quick glance back at your initial statement. This paragraph should further serve to build a case in support of your proposal.

The third paragraph

See this as your last chance to make your case. Using your final support, merge it into your content to establish your argument even further. Again, stay on track by rechecking your thesis statement. It’s easier for your writing to go off track than you think.

Note: Narrative essays work in a similar way. You will need to take the supporting points of your subject and develop those into a story that keeps the reader enthralled. This is where plot comes in, so take the place, situation, time, or whatever you have to work with, and turn those into a good story.

The conclusion

 

What a conclusion is not

A conclusion should never be a repetition of all the points you have just made. Avoid making this common mistake by writing your conclusion without referring to the rest of your essay.

What your conclusion should achieve

A good conclusion must tie everything together. Rather than revisit all the points you made, write your conclusion in such a way that it affirms your thesis statement.

 
 

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