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What are the basics of writing an essay?


1. There are several things to keep in mind when preparing to write an essay.

1. Always begin the process by determining the type of essay you'll be writing (descriptive, argumentative/persuasive, compare and contrast, narrative, or evaluation). See this link:

2. Create an outline based on your topic. Begin collecting resources that will help you create an informative and effective essay (books, the internet, interviews, etc). Helpful links:
http://www.austincc.edu/tmthomas/sample outline 1.htm

3. Decide on a thesis statement. In one sentence, tell the reader what your essay is about. Be specific and have a narrow focus.

4. Introduction: This is your opening paragraph and informs the reader what your essay is about—the points you'll be making, its focus and overall purpose.

5. Body: Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3. These paragraphs support your introduction and thesis statement. They're the core of your essay and where your topic is explained and/or argued.

6. Conclusion: This is your last paragraph and summarizes what your essay covered and what conclusions can be made based on the material you presented.
(some notes from timeforwriting.com)

Here's a helpful video on essay writing: http://www.ehow.com/video_4987161_write-essay.html

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