A Better Way to Write an Essay

Topics: Writing, Essay, Modern Language Association Pages: 3 (1096 words) Published: July 7, 2013
A Better Way To Write An Essay
Writing an essay can be a very challenging process for any college student. This semester in my English writing class I have learned how to use writing guides and step by step strategies to write an efficient essay. Some of the key points to writing that I have refined are producing a strong introduction with a thesis statement. Other areas of writing an essay that I have become more proficient at are constructing the essay with illustration and supporting ideas, citing the sources in proper Modern Language Association (MLA) format, concluding the essay, and proofreading the essay. “There is no one correct way to write an essay. However, there are better and worse ways” (Blum 12). Although writing an essay takes time and is difficult, I think that by applying proper methods of writing a student can be successful. When I get an essay assignment, the first thing I do is brainstorm and start to draft the introduction part of my essay. I often start my introduction by keeping in mind what interests myself and the reader about the topic. According to Kate Walter, who teaches personal essay writing at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, makes the following suggestion, “Grab the reader in the first paragraph. Use a catchy lead” (qtd. in Manfred 44). Normally I will write my introduction beginning with an attention grabber, this information must be correct and pertain to the subject of the essay. After my attention gainer I will explain the topics of the essay gradually getting more specific. In the last sentence of the introduction I will make my thesis statement. A thesis statement is a very important part of the introduction. It provides the reader with a “guide” or “road map “about the essay and lets the reader to know where I am going. The thesis statement is usually the last sentence of the introduction paragraph, it summarizes the essay, and states the topic of the essay. Please notice the...

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