Explanation Essay Essay

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Explanation Essay



Essays are basically exercises in thinking and learning. An essay makes the writers
analyze, criticize and get information on their own. For most students, essays are very
intimidating. And most students have not been taught were to start or how to write an
essay. This makes essay writing very hard for students to master. The best way to start
is make a master plan. A master plan lays out the steps that are going to go into the
essay. Basically, there are about four steps to writing an essay. They are
brainstorming, making a rough draft, editing, and finally making the final draft.

Once a topic for an essay is decided upon, the next step is to brainstorm. One of the
simplest techniques is clustering. Clustering is done by making a circle or a horizontal
line in the middle of the page. The topic is placed inside the circle or on the line.
From the center of the shape or line, lines should be drawn out into the page. They should
be spread out. At the end of each of these lines, another circle or horizontal line
should be drawn. In each shape or on each line, the main ideas about the topic, or the
main points that need to be made should be written down. If trying to persuade, the best
arguments should be written down. If trying to explain a process, the steps that need to
be followed should be listed. They should be grouped into categories. The most common
format starts with the Beginning, then the Middle, and finally the End. From each of the
main ideas, three or four lines should be placed out into the page. At the end of each of
these lines, another circle or horizontal line should be drawn. In each shape or on each
line, the facts or information that support that main idea should be listed. When
finished, the basic structure for the essay is completed.

Now that the basic structure is made, a rough draft can be started. Within the essay,
there are three main parts to it. They are the introduction, the body, which are the
supporting points to the thesis statement, and then finally the conclusion.

The first part of the essay is the introduction paragraph. This paragraph is normally
five to seven sentences long. The introduction should be designed to attract the reader's
attention and give the reader an idea of the essay's focus. The first sentence of the
essay should be a general statement about the topic of the essay. An attention grabber is
usually a good way to start. Some examples of attention grabbers are, startling
information. This information must be true and verifiable, and it doesn't need to be
totally new to the readers. It could simply be a pertinent fact that explicitly
illustrates the point that needs to be made. Another attention grabber is an anecdote. An
anecdote is a story that illustrates a point. The anecdote should be short, to the point,
and relevant to the topic. This is a very effective opener for an essay. Dialogue is
another good attention grabber. An appropriate dialogue does not have to identify the
speakers, but the reader must understand the point the writer is trying to convey.
Finally, summary information is yet another good attention grabber. A few sentences
explaining the topic in general terms can lead the reader gently to the thesis. Each
sentence should become gradually more specific, until the thesis is reached. If the
attention grabber was only a sentence or two, add two or three more sentences that will
give support to the thesis statement. The last sentence to finish the introduction is the
thesis statement of the essay.

The next section of the essay consists of the supporting points or the body of the essay.
There should be at least one paragraph for each main point. There is usually three
supporting points to prove the thesis statement. Therefore, there should be at least
three paragraphs. Each body paragraph will have the same basic structure or components.
The first component is an opening statement. This statement usually starts with one of the
main ideas, in sentence form. Next, should come about three examples or points to prove
the main supporting points of the thesis statement. Some elaboration for each point needs
to be listed. Elaboration can be further description or explanation or discussion of the
topic of the essay. The last sentence is the closing sentence. That sentence sums up the
whole paragraph.

The final section of an essay is the conclusion. This paragraph basically sums up the
essay. It brings closure to the reader, summing up the main points or providing a final
perspective on the topic. In the first sentence the thesis statement should be restated
in different words. The next few sentences are the supporting points, which are restated
in a summary form. The final sentence usually is the closing sentence. A good way to end
is by using an anecdote. One important point that needs to be made about the conclusion
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