structure of an essay

Thesis statement
Introductory statements

  • Section One is a neutral sentence that will engage the reader’s interest in your essay.
  • Section Two Picks up the topic you are writing about by identifying the issues that you are going to explore.
  • Section Three is an indication of how the question will be answered. Give a brief outline of how you will deal with each issue, and in which order.

Writing a Body Paragraph

After researching and further developing your ideas, you can begin to transfer these into an essay structure. Thinking about the brainstorming activity earlier, the arguments against a global language outweighed the arguments for a global language. Therefore, it would be logical that the ideas in the essay emphasise the arguments against. This doesn’t mean that you can’t write an assignment that makes the case for a global language. However, if you would like to do this, then you would need to go back to the brainstorming stage and find other ideas to support your argument.
Read the sentences on the right. Drag and drop each into the correct area in the Essay Structure. Sometimes it is easier to first identify which one is the thesis statement for the introduction, and which one summarises the ideas for the conclusion.

All essays share the same basic structure, although they may differ in content and style. The essence of an essay is an opinion, expressed as a thesis statement or proposition, and a logical sequence of arguments and information organised in support of the proposition.
However, when writing an essay, it can also be difficult to come up with a point of view early on. Therefore, instead of developing a thesis statement first, you may choose to read up on the assignment question and make notes on relevant concepts, theories, and studies. Once you have these notes and can develop a summary of the issues, it should be much easier to write a thesis statement.