This Instructable will outline the steps to write an essay and by the end of it you'll be able to write an essay with the best of them. Prewriting is just getting all of your ideas on paper. There are many ways, and maybe prewriting deserves an instructable of its own. For the purposes of writing an essay all you need to do is write down your ideas somewhere until you have a good idea what you'd like to do your essay on. The Thesis Statement is hugely important to your essay.
How to Set Up an Argumentative Essay | Pen and the Pad
Think of yourself as a member of a jury, listening to a lawyer who is presenting an opening argument. You'll want to know very soon whether the lawyer believes the accused to be guilty or not guilty, and how the lawyer plans to convince you. Readers of academic essays are like jury members: before they have read too far, they want to know what the essay argues as well as how the writer plans to make the argument. After reading your thesis statement, the reader should think, "This essay is going to try to convince me of something. I'm not convinced yet, but I'm interested to see how I might be.
Writing an academic essay means fashioning a coherent set of ideas into an argument. Because essays are essentially linear—they offer one idea at a time—they must present their ideas in the order that makes most sense to a reader. Successfully structuring an essay means attending to a reader's logic. The focus of such an essay predicts its structure. It dictates the information readers need to know and the order in which they need to receive it.
As a student, it's likely you'll be required to write an argumentative essay at some point. Used to establish a stance on a particular topic, a well-written argumentative essay requires supporting evidence along with acknowledging opposing points of view. While there are various ways to set up an argumentative essay, the five-paragraph format includes an introductory paragraph, three evidentiary paragraphs and a concluding paragraph. Following the five-paragraph format can help you successfully convey your position.