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Introduction to essay writing August 22, 2006

Posted by Steve Stander in Writing.
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The main text of the essay has three main parts:

  1. An introduction
  2. A main body
  3. A conclusion

    I. The introduction.

    The introduction consists of two parts:
    1. It should include a few general statements about the subject to provide a background to your essay and to attract the reader’s attention. It should try to explain why you are writing the essay. It may include a definition of terms in the context of the essay, etc.
    2. It should also include a statement of the specific subdivisions of the topic and/or indication of how the topic is going to be tackled in order to specifically address the question.
    It should introduce the central idea or the main purpose of the writing.

    II. The main body.

    The main body consists of one or more paragraphs of ideas and arguments. Each paragraph develops a subdivision of the topic. The paragraphs of the essay contain the main ideas and arguments of the essay together with illustrations or examples. The paragraphs are linked in order to connect the ideas. The purpose of the essay must be made clear and the reader must be able to follow its development.

    III. The conclusion.

    The conclusion includes the writer’s final points.
    1. It should recall the issues raised in the introduction and draw together the points made in the main body
    2. and explain the overall significance of the conclusions. What general points can be drawn from the essay as a whole?
    It should clearly signal to the reader that the essay is finished and leave a clear impression that the purpose of the essay has been achieved.
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How to answer: Describe, discuss or explain August 22, 2006

Posted by Steve Stander in Writing.
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Describe
requires an answer that says what something is like, how it works and so on.
Discuss
requires an answer that explains an item or concept, and then gives details about it with supportive information, examples, points for and against, and explanations for the facts put forward. It is important to give both sides of an argument and come to a conclusion.
Explain
requires an answer that offers a rather detailed and exact explanation of an idea or principle, or a set of reasons for a situation or attitude.