what is an essay plan
Your plan should state how you’re going to prove your argument, including the evidence you’re going to use. Structure your plan around the different parts of an essay. To do this:
A good essay plan helps you arrange your ideas logically and stay on track during the writing process.
They follow a particular structure: you will set out your argument in the introduction, build and present your argument in the main body, and should end with your overall key message or argument in the conclusion.
Essays are usually written in a discursive style, bringing together ideas, evidence and arguments to address a specific problem or question.
For more information on analysing the assignment question and planning your essay, see planning assignments.
It is really important to plan your essay before you begin writing. Planning will save you time later. It is also essential that you have a starting point to plan from, even if it is in a very rough form.
Last Updated: October 12, 2020 References Approved
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, PhD. Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas. He received his PhD in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
When you write an essay you are making a case for the validity of a particular point of view, analysis, interpretation, or set of facts or procedures.
An essay is an extended piece of writing that presents and supports a thesis or proposition. The word ‘essay’ derives from the Latin word ‘exagium’, meaning the presentation of a case.