Writing Guide: Writing an Awesome Essay

This resource starts with a basic description of moves and essay writing to a discussion of common essay genres pupils may strike across the program. The four genres of essays (description, narration, exposition, and argumentation) are common paper homework you may strike in your writing courses. The Purdue OWL understands the wide spread use of these genres and pupils’ demand to comprehend and create these kinds of essays although these genres, also called the modes of discourse, have been criticized by some writing scholars. We hope these resources will help.

The essay is a generally given type of writing that each pupil will strike while in academia. Thus, it's wise for the pupil to become comfortable and competent with this kind of writing early on in her training.

Essays might be rewarding and challenging kind of writing and in many cases are delegated either to be done in course, which needs preceding planning and practice (and a little bit of imagination) on the part of the pupil, or as assignments, which similarly needs a particular amount of training. Many badly crafted essays are made on account of too little self-assurance and training. Nevertheless, pupils can prevent the distress normally related to essay by understanding some common genres within essay writing writing.

Let’s start with a fundamental definition of the essay before delving into its various genres.

What's an essay?

Though the word essay has come to be understood as a kind of writing in Modern English, its beginnings supply some valuable insights to us. The word comes into the English language through the French influence on Middle English; tracing it back farther, we find the French form of the word comes from the Latin verb exigere, which means "to analyze, analyze, or (literally) to drive out." Through the excavation of this historical word, we're able to unearth the essence of the academic essay: to support pupils analyze or to analyze their thoughts concerning a specific matter.

Essays are shorter pieces of writing that frequently require the pupil to hone several abilities including evaluation, close reading, comparison and contrast, persuasion, conciseness, clarity, and exposition. There's much to be gained by the student who strives to triumph at essay writing, as is evidenced by this list of characteristics.

The goal of an essay will be to support pupils to develop ideas and theories in their own writing with the direction of little more than their own notions (it may be helpful to see the essay as the converse of a research paper). So, essays are (by nature) concise and need clarity in purpose and direction. This implies that there's no room for the pupil’s ideas to wander or roam from her or his intention; the writing must be fascinating and careful.

This handout should help pupils become comfortable and knowledgeable with the procedure for essay composition through the introduction of some common essay genres.