How To Write an essay

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How To Write an essay

How To Write an Essay

    By Kenneth Beare, Guide

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    ; ESL teaching techniques

    ; writing skills

    ; essay writing

    There are many ways to write an essay. However, the standard essay form follows the same basic patterns as discussed in this 'how to'.

    Difficulty: Average

    Time Required: 30 minutes

    Here's How:

    1. Select the topic of your essay.

    2. Choose the central idea, or thesis, of your essay. For

    example: Information technology has revolutionized the

    way we work.

    3. Outline your essay into introductory, body and

    summary paragraphs.

    4. The introductory paragraph begins with an interesting

    sentence. For example: Home workers have grown from

    150,000 to over 12 million in the past 5 years thanks to

    the wonders of the computer.

    5. After this first sentence, add your thesis statement

    from above.

    6. Use one sentence to introduce every body paragraph

    to follow9;每一段落的主题句;. For example: The Internet

    has made this possible by extending the office into the


    7. Finish the introductory paragraph with a short

    summary or goal statement. For example: Technological

    innovation has thus made the traditional workplace


    8. In each of the body paragraphs (usually two or three)

    the ideas first presented in the introductory paragraph

    are developed.

    9. Develop your body paragraphs by giving detailed

    information and examples. For example: When the

    Internet was first introduced it was used primarily by

    scientists, now it is common in every classroom. 10. Body paragraphs should develop the central idea and

    finish with a summary of that idea. There should be at

    least two examples or facts in each body paragraph to

    support the central idea.

    11. The summary paragraph summarizes your essay and

    is often a reverse of the introductory paragrah. 12. Begin the summary paragrah by quickly restating the

    principal ideas of your body paragraphs. For example:

    The Internet in the home, benefits and ease of use of

    modern computer systems...

    13. The penultimate sentence should restate your basic

    thesis of the essay. For example: We have now passed

    from the industrial revolution to the information


    14. Your final statement can be a future prediction based

    on what you have shown in the essay. For example: The

    next step: The complete disappearance of the workplace.


    1. Use strong verbs and avoid modals to state your

    opinion. It is better to write: The workplace has evolved

    than The workplace seems to have evolved

    2. Do not apologize for what you are saying. An essay is

    about your opinion.

    3. Do not translate from your mother tongue. It will

    quickly get you into trouble!

    What You Need:

    ; Computer or Typewriter

    ; Dictionary

    ; Thesaurus

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