Check yourself whether you know how to write an essay

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Essay is a prosaic composition, usually it is rather short and has free composition. Essay expresses person’s thoughts, views and impressions on a specific issue and obviously not claiming a defining or exhaustive interpretation of the subject.

Some characteristic features of an essay:

  • availability of a specific topic or question. The work devoted to the analysis of a wide range of problems, by definition, can not be performed in this genre.
  • expression of personal insight on a particular occasion or problem.
  • as a rule, assumes a new, subjectively colored word about something. Such a work can have a philosophical, historical-biographical, journalistic, literary-critical, scientific-popular or purely fictional character.
  • in the content of the essay, the personality of the author, his worldview, thoughts and feelings, are first of all evaluated.

Structure and plan of the essay

The structure of an essay is determined by the requirements:

I. The author’s thoughts on the problem are presented in the form of brief theses;

II. The idea must be supported by evidence, so the thesis is followed by the arguments.

Arguments are facts, phenomena of social life, examples of events, life situations and life experience, scientific evidence, references to the opinions of scientists, etc. It is better to give two arguments in favor of each particular thesis: one argument seems unconvincing, three arguments can “overload” the presentation performed in the genre, focused on brevity and imagery.

Thus, the essay acquires a ring structure (the number of theses and arguments depends on the topic, the chosen plan, the logic of the development of thought):

  • introduction;
  • thesis, two arguments;
  • thesis, two arguments;
  • thesis, two arguments;
  • conclusion.

Pay attention to the following when writing an essay

When writing an essay, it is also important to consider the following points:

  1. The introduction and conclusion should focus on the problem (in the introduction it is put, in conclusion – the opinion of the author is summarized).
  2. It is necessary to divide text into logical paragraphs to establish a logical connection between paragraphs: thus the integrity of the work is achieved.
  3. Style of presentation: emotionality, expressiveness, artistry. Experts believe that the proper effect is provided by short, simple sentence with various intonations. However, the style reflects the characteristics of the individual character of the author, this is also useful to remember.

Before you start writing, pay attention to the following questions. The answers to them will allow you to more clearly define what is worth writing:

  1. When touching on your personal qualities or abilities, ask yourself:
  • Do I differ in this or that quality from other people?
  • How does this quality manifest itself?
  1. About every event in your life that you mentioned:
  • Why do I remember this event well?
  • Has it changed me as a person?
  • How did I react to this?
  • Was this a revelation for me; What I had not previously suspected?
  1. About the activities you have been doing:
  • What made me do this kind of work?
  • Why did I continue to do this?
  1. About every person you mentioned:
  • Why did I tell about this person?
  • Do I want to become like him?
  • What are his qualities I admire?
  • Did he tell something that I will remember all my life?
  • Have I revised my views after meeting him?
  1. About each of your failures:
  • What did I learn as a result?
  • What have I learned from this situation?
  1. About each of your preferences and what you do not like:
  • Why do I like or dislike it?
  • Has this circumstance affected to a large extent my life?