One of the most essential questions which come to every student’s life sooner or later is the essay structure. Before moving to essay structure worksheet, let’s decide on the definition first. Essay is the form of writing that has the shape of continuous, logical, interconnected text which can be united by involving the corresponding headings. A lot depends from the instructor’s requirements: in some cases, headings have to be highlighted and written in bold, while in other this point can be skipped. Unless the writer is an individual author, each student has to obey the instructions carefully. Otherwise, the work may result into a failing grade.
The structure of most of the essays is quite unified, so there is no need to memorize hundreds of templates and guidelines. Let’s look at the standardized essay structure:
Just as any book or story an essay has to include one. The goals of this first paragraph are to “set the scene” with the help of small piece of information on the subject (a.k.a. contextualization) and to signpost (in other words, to give reader the clue to the rest of the paper). No more than two paragraphs should be devoted to the presentation. The best size is one paragraph so far.
- Body of the text.
It has to refer to the title. No matter what the author writes, it has to be logically connected with the underlying subject. Whenever you come to the sentence that does not logically correspond to the previous few, start a new paragraph. But don’t get addicted: three to five paragraphs will be more than enough. Besides, it won’t overload potential reader with too much information. Some writers believe that adding useless information will make the essay look more complete, but, in fact, it only ruins the first impression. Nobody wants to spend time on your opus unless you’re Stephen King or Joanne K. Rowling. Don’t flatter yourself.
The primary goal of the first body paragraph is to link it somehow to the thesis. The second sentence should reflect the basic topic of this paragraph. However, in some cases the first bridge-sentence may be deleted. It all depends on the significance of problem one wants to cover and the information available.
Elaborate your point with the help of the next sentences. It’s the right place to place different facts and evidence to support author’s view. Never forget about mentioning alternatives and thoughts of others. Otherwise, your paper will look doubtful. The last sentence of each body paragraph has to summarize everything said in this particular section. Five is not the only number to think of: “proper” essays often contain seven and longer paragraphs compared to academic ones.
In the body, an author can recall own experience, feelings and impressions to show his awareness of the matter. It will persuade the reader more than naked facts or unfounded conclusions. Provided that the author do have an understanding of a particular theme, he can insert personal comments. In case the topic is too much complicated, and the author had never done anything similar before, it is recommended to settle down and rely more on the credible sources.
- Overall conclusion.
There are three aims to be reached with the help of essay’s last paragraph:
- Reminding the audience of the paper’s primary goal;
- Stating one clear answer to the core topic (it can be a direct short answer or longer apparent response);
- Listing the most compelling arguments to support writer’s conclusion once more, but in short.
As a rule, this part of the essay takes only one paragraph to be put down.
Following these simple guidelines will make your essay look perfect!