Essay writing is an important part of assessment at school and its purpose is to structure your ideas in such a way that it becomes easily accessible and understandable to your readers. Essay structure is therefore very important, because if you do it right, you will ‘guide’ your reader through your ideas in a logical way. There are different ways of structuring an essay, but the basic way of doing it is by providing an introduction, a series of paragraphs (the body of your essay) and a conclusion.
Writing a good introduction
The four basic things that make up a good introduction:
• Engaging the reader’s interest
• Generally stating what the essay is going to be about
• Mentioning the main ideas which are dealt with in the essay
• Providing a thesis statement.
The body of an essay serves to show examples and evidence that support the thesis statement. A good body paragraph should provide a clear discussion that supports one main idea. Each body paragraph should explore one point you’re making in your essay.
5 Components Essential to a Body Paragraph
□ Topic Sentence: A topic sentence introduces the main point or idea of a body paragraph. It must support the thesis by clearly stating the main idea of the essay. □ Explanation of the topic sentence: In one or two sentences, this part clarifies or provides an explanation of the topic sentence in more specific terms. □ Example: This part of the body paragraph provides evidence, examples (from the set text) this includes the quotes that relate to your essay as well as mentioning the page number. Examples to support your text should include reasons that support what is stated in the topic sentence. □ Analysis: In one or two sentences, this part explains the examples provided from the set text. A detailed explanation is necessary and you are required to link the analysis back to the main...