Essay (Any Type)

An essay is a short academic composition. The word “essay” is derived from a French word “essai” or “essayer,” which mean “trail.” In composition, however, an essay is a piece of non-fiction writing that talks or discusses a specific topic. Presently, essay is part of every degree program.

Each subject has specific requirements for the essays to be written. Some subjects need longer essays, while others need shorter ones, such as a five-paragraph essay. In composition, the start is made from a five-paragraph essay. Based on the requirements, there are seventeen types of essays.

Format of an Essay

Generally, a simple a five-paragraph has five paragraphs including an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. An argumentative essay, however, has an additional paragraph which presents counter argument or opposing arguments in the same sequence. However, at the end of this paragraph, both the arguments are weighed in the favor of stronger arguments presented earlier in three body paragraphs.

The format of an argumentative essay is given below:

A. Introduction
i.  Hook ii.  Background Information iii. Thesis Statement
B. Body Paragraph
i. Topic Sentence ii. Explanation/Example iii. Supporting Details iv. Transition Sentence
C. Counter Argument
i. Topic Sentence ii. Explanation/Example iii. Supporting Details iv. Comparison of Body Paragraph Arguments
D. Conclusion
i. Rephrasing Thesis Statement ii. Summary of Points iii. Concluding Remarks


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