Basic formatting tips for essay writing
What is the basic format for a good essay?
When one is writing an essay, you must look at it like a project with five sections or parts.
The typical essay has the following five sections:
- Introduction: States the thesis statement, states the topic, and overview of what will be discussed in the essay.
- Body: Normally, has three paragraphs, one paragraph for each main point of the writer’s viewpoint on the topic.
- Conclusion: Summarizes the essay, pulls the essay together, reemphasizes the topic, and reemphasizes the main points.
A good essay will get the reader to believe in the writer’s viewpoint or position on the topic.
A good essay will be no more than 800 words in length.
The essay should no more than four pages long.
What should each section of a good essay present to the reader?
The Introduction must answer the following questions:
- What is being discussed in the essay?
- How the writer shall discuss the topic in the essay?
- What will be proven in the essay?
The Body must do the following:
- Provide proof of the writer’s position or viewpoint on the topic.
- The Body should have at least three main points to support the writer’s position.
- The Body must have a separate paragraph for each main point.
- The Body must introduce and explain the writer’s main points on the topic.
- The writer should provide supporting facts and evidence for each main point.
- The writer must state and describe how the facts, evidence, and main points are related to the thesis statement.
The Conclusion must do the following:
- The reemphasizes the Introduction, thesis, and main points.
- It pulls together the thesis statement, main points, and Introduction to ensure that the reader understands the writer’s position.
- The ending wraps up the whole essay.
Here are some other tips in writing a good essay:
The writer should always do an outline before completing the essay.
A student must get into the habit of doing at least two rough drafts of the essay before the final draft.
It is good to have a classmate, teacher, or friend review the essay to check for grammar errors, spelling errors, and format errors.
The student must always have someone proofread and edit the final copy of the essay before turning it in to the teacher.