General Rules For Composing Different Types Of Essays


What is an essay? We learn a lot of it from the origins of the word, which can be traced back to ancient Latin. In Latin the word “exigere” is where we get the modern word essay from. [Purdue University] Exiere, which means to examine, or test, or literally “Drive Out”, shows what an essay is. It is a paper to test the knowledge of the writer, and examine their abilities. It helps to show the instructor what the student is learning.

  1. 1. Research
  2. 2. Introduction
  3. 3. Body
  4. 4. Conclusion
  • Research
  • No matter how much the student knows about a subject, no essay can be done without research. The reason here is to present a solid foundation to back the view of the student. Research should be done on two notes, one for the actual notes, listing where it came from. The second notepad should be for listing the actual resources in detail. Just as it would be listed in the bibliography. This way, when the writing is started the notes and resources are ready to be used. There should be a minimum of one resource in the introduction, and one in the conclusion. The rest needs to support the body of the work.

  • Introduction
  • The introduction is basically the outline for the reader. Just as every student that starts to write their essay needs to do an outline, the reader needs one too. The student’s outline tells them what and where everything goes. The outline for the reader, the introduction, tells the reader what they will be reading. It gives a view of what the writer will be saying on the subject; if they are pro, con, or indifferent. The introduction needs to lay the foundation for the essay, in that it sets the mood.

  • Body
  • The Body of the Essay is the meat of it. This is where the student goes into full detail of what they want to say. And everything needs to be resourced, because the essay has to have verification. Basically for every 100 to 150 words, there needs to be one reference. And references need to be cited as per the style the essay is written in.

  • Conclusion
  • The Conclusion is where the essay is closed at. What this means is that every open thought needs to be closed, and the essay summarized. Never start a conclusion with; “In closing” or “In conclusion” or anything that states the obvious fact that it is the conclusion. They will already know this.

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