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An essay is a short piece of writing that discusses, describes or analyzes one topic. It can range in length from one paragraph to more than twenty. It can be about anything, and be written in almost any style. It can be serious or funny, straight-forward or symbolic. It can describe personal opinions, or just report information.

Writing Argumentative Essays

Search for a topic which interests you (perhaps in your major field). Try to come up with something fairly controversial, but avoid subjects that have been overdone (abortion, capital punishment). Try a heuristic strategy (free writing, brainstorming, clustering, journal writing, journalistic formula, etc.). After doing...

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Structure of an Essay: Outline

This is an outline of what a five-paragraph essay looks like. To view a "written text" version of a five-paragraph essay/outline, click here: Five Paragraph Essay Sample and Outline. Introduction Introductory statements Thesis statement Introduce supporting ideas (optional) II. Body First supporting idea Transition, topic...

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Structure of an Essay

The following is an explanation of the structure of a five-paragraph essay. It is important to remember that an essay can be any length. This is just an example of one kind of essay which can be adapted for your own writing purposes. If you...

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Short Essay “My Job in an Apple Plant”

Introduction/Thesis Working in an apple plant was the worst job I ever had. Body First of all, the work was physically hard. For ten hours a night, I took cartons that rolled down a metal track and stacked them onto wooden skids in a tractor-trailer....

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Short Essay and Outline “The Hazards of Movie Going”

By John Langan From College Writing Skills with Readings Introduction/Thesis Although I love movies, going to see them drives me slightly crazy. Body First of all, getting to the movie can take a lot of time. I have a thirty five-minute drive down a congested...

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Sample Essay- “The Real Meaning of Honesty”

(Sample Definition Essay) I think it was my mother who taught me the meaning of honesty. Not because she actually was honest, but because she lied all the time. She felt that the easiest way out of any given situation was generally the best way...

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Guide to Different Kinds of Essays

An essay is a paper that discusses, describes or analyzes one topic. It can discuss a subject directly or indirectly, seriously or humorously. It can describe personal opinions, or just report information. An essay can be written from any perspective, but essays are most commonly...

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Comparison/Contrast Essays: Two Patterns

By Rory H. Osbrink Abortion is an example of a very controversial issue. The two opposing viewpoints surrounding abortion are like two sides of a coin. On one side, there is the pro-choice activist and on the other is the pro-life activist. The argument is...

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5-Paragraph Essay ” My Job in an Apple Plant”

Introductory paragraph (Thesis) In the course of working my way through school, I have taken many jobs I would rather forget. I have spent nine hours a day lifting heavy automobile and truck batteries off the end of an assembly belt. I have risked the...

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5-Paragraph Essay and Outline “The Hazard of Moviegoing”

The Hazards of Moviegoing By John Langan From College Writing Skills with Readings Introductory paragraph (Thesis) I am a movie fanatic. When friends want to know what picture won the Oscar in 1980 or who played the police chief in Jaws, they ask me. My...

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