Essays

How to write short essays by linking paragraphs in order.

I wanted to conclude this document with a section on essays in order to show how paragraphs can interact with one another in much the same fashion as sentences within a paragraph. Short essays typically take on the form of an opening assertion paragraph, followed by one or more supporting paragraphs and concluding with a summary of the original assertion.

Opening Assertion

Mayonnaise is a nauseating condiment. Not only is it nauseating, but it’s also bad for you. I’m sure that most agree, but there may be others who need convincing.

Supporting Argument

The body of a short essay contains paragraphs that provide details in support of the opening assertion. Data and research are cited in an attempt to prove the opening statement as fact.

Concluding Statement

The closing paragraph of an essay restates and reinforces the original assertion.

Five Types of Essay

  1. Expository – Provides a step-by-step explanation.
  2. Descriptive – An essay that describes something.
  3. Narrative – A short story form of essay, typically about life experiences.
  4. Compare and Contrast – Describe the similarities or differences between things.
  5. Persuasive or Argumentative – An essay that insists on a specific point of view regarding a problem.

Essay Writing Workshop

Mayonnaise is a nauseating condiment. Not only is it nauseating, but it’s also bad for you. I’m sure that most agree, but there may be others who need convincing.

The consistency of mayonnaise is disgusting, and the color is plain. This is to say nothing of the flavor, which is at best vanilla. Then there are the calories and the carbohydrates contained within, which are exorbitant.

No, mayonnaise is not a favorite food of mine, nor should it be a favorite food of yours.

Essay Writing Exercises

To write a short essay, simply tie three paragraphs together discussing a single topic. The typical structure of such an essay is:

  1. Opening assertion
  2. Supporting argument
  3. Concluding statement

As usual, record it all in your journal.

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