The standard essay is usually five paragraphs: an introduction, three main points and a conclusion. Sometimes this format can be applied to a speech as well.
- Choose a topic you are familiar with
- Plan before you write
- Remember the use of paragraphs (at least 4)
- Read over to ensure that you have no errors
- Stick to the word limit if there is one
- Stick to the topic at hand by tying all your points to the topic given.
Uniforms are outdated and should be abolished.
Write an essay where you either agree or disagree with the above statement.
- Do not start a point as yet
- Make a general statement about the topic
- Make your position clear (whether you will be agreeing or disagreeing)
- You could state the three points you will be discussing
- Use no more than 3-4 sentences
- Remember to indent your paragraph if you are writing but make sure there is a space between paragraphs when you are typing.
- Notice how short the paragraph is.
- Did it match what you were told about the introduction?
- The first two statements are what you would call generalized statements.
Paragraphs 2 – 4: Development
- Make a general statement (usually a topic sentence) Eg School uniforms are not costly
- Go on to explain the statement by using illustrations, examples, anecdotes, proverbs, repetition, rhetorical questions and all the persuasive/argumentative techniques as needed.
- Paragraphs should not be lengthy. Get to the point but ensure that you make all your valid points.
- Do not make any new points here
- Sum up what you have said or
- Restate your position on the topic
- If you want, you could attach a concluding statement to the fourth paragraph.
- Many times mistakes are made during the writing process.
- Reading over ensures that punctuation marks/mechanics, capitalization and grammar are correct.
- After reading you may need to take out/add some words too.