I'm having trouble writing an organized essay; will you help me?

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Writing an organized essay may seem a daunting task, but it is a useful skill for all students to have handy throughout their academic careers. Students of all academic levels are asked to compose essays and, among scholastics, there is a certain accepted manner of composing them.

The general skeleton of an essay is organized into three main parts: introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. The introduction puts forth unique ideas, outlines forthcoming arguments, and establishes a persuasive thesis. The body paragraphs are to be organized as flowing from general to specific. They serve to expand on the ideas presented in the introduction and to support the thesis. Through the body paragraphs, logical arguments should become clear. The conclusion is meant to further clarify these arguments and to recap each point concisely. In order to be the most successful it can be, a persuasive academic essay must be well organized as to the template outlined in this paper.



A well written introduction is the most important part of a persuasive essay. Without a solid introduction, the rest of the paper cannot securely hold itself to anything. The introduction is the framework of an essay; when written correctly it should reflect the whole of the essay. As an essay begins with an introductory paragraph, the introduction begins with an introductory sentence – often referred to as a hook or topic sentence. The hook sentence should act as its name implies – it should hook the reader in, engage him or her to continue reading the paper.

A hook sentence is also sometimes referred to as a topic sentence because (in shorter essays especially) it presents the general topic of the essay. Though it is called a hook or topic 'sentence,' the opening lines of the introduction may include two or even three sentences. Good hook sentences spark the reader's curiosity; they incite questions and quarrel and can even be questions themselves. The topic sentence should introduce a topic that is expanded upon in the rest of the essay.



After aptly introducing the topic of the essay, main points must be established. For a basic 1,000 word essay, it is commonly accepted to have three main points, but it is appropriate to form more arguments for longer essays. Each main point should be presented in the introduction as an allusion of the arguments to be made in the body paragraphs. The arguments presented in the introduction should seem like miniature topic sentences of the body paragraphs. Like the topic sentence of the introduction, these argument topics should be brief; unlike the intro's topic sentence these main points they should serve more to summarize than to engage.

After presenting the main points, it is necessary to clearly summarize the overriding argument of the essay. This argument is called the thesis statement, (thesis argument or just plain thesis) and may be the single most important sentence of any essay. A thesis statement should take a stance on a particular issue. To know if a thesis statement is achieving its purpose, attempt to argue the opposite side of the thesis; if there is a sound opposing argument (that, itself can be a thesis statement), then the thesis statement is successful.

Understanding how to write a successful thesis statement becomes more clear when examples are used. A successful thesis statement may read: "writing by hand is best for taking notes." The opposite of this statement can be easily conjured: "writing by hand is not best for taking notes." A good thesis has the potential for further argument – and a direct counterpart with similar potential for further argument.

Having established an excellent introduction, and a sound argument in the thesis statement, the essay now follows to the body paragraphs. Each body paragraph represents one of the main arguments outlined in the introduction. A body paragraph – like a topic sentence – is only that by name; it can be one or many paragraphs. To begin a body paragraph (or paragraphs) one must introduce a topic sentence. This sentence should, both, engage the reader on the specific argument, and generalize the topic of the argument. A main topic sentence should sit at the beginning of the body paragraphs for one argument. If secondary paragraphs are used for one argument, a main topic sentence need not be reintroduced. Instead, one should begin these secondary paragraphs with a sentence that ties the pieces of this particular argument to its whole and to the thesis argument.

The writer should begin secondary paragraphs with sentences that help branch the focus of the essay into a different section of a particular argument. Body paragraphs give the writer the freest range in writing, although there are still some techniques that should be employed. Examples using quotes, paraphrased sections of text and anecdotes help support arguments. A good example can be directly related to the main argument and the argument at hand. Having used relevant and strong examples, it is now necessary to tie up the first argument and tie in the next argument. Hint at the next argument with the final sentence of the current paragraph. Doing this will prepare the reader for what is to come, and will make the writing seem fluid and relevant. Completing the subsequent body paragraphs is as simple as repeating the laid out steps; don't forget to always refer back to the thesis statement.

The introduction, and body paragraphs are done; all that's left is the conclusion. The conclusion is what its name implies, a conclusion or summing up of all that was previously said. Two important points to live by when writing a conclusion are: (1) do not use cliché terms like "in conclusion" or "to sum up" they make the writing predictable and boring; (2) do not introduce any new points in the conclusion. The conclusion should be the shortest paragraph –and usually only one paragraph. The job of the conclusion is to recreate the thesis in new words, and reiterate the main arguments.

End the essay with a bang, maybe a simple answer to the hook question, or a conclusive statement that relates to the topic. So if you ever have trouble writing an organized essay, remember you can help yourself by following guidelines and layering fluid structures of organization upon one another.

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