Questions and Answers on the Essay
The Advanced Composition classes have been working on
essay structures. Here are some of their question. My comments are in italics.
How do we end an essay? We write a conclusion paragraph. The
conclusion "mirrors" the introduction (this is one technique).
How do I divide the paragraphs for a 500-word essay? Use 125 word
body paragraphs (3 X 125 = 375) For both the introduction and conclusion
you have the remaining 125 (62.5 words for each; should be in
If one body is a bit shorter where should it go? In the middle,
like a sandwich. Usually a shorter body has fewer examples and thus is a
If one body paragraph is my best and strongest where should it go?
In the last position is best and strongest. The second best
should be the first body.
At what time do I write my best topic? Usually, I write it first,
but I shouldn't put my best topic first. I should put it last in order
to impress my reader/teacher.
What are some good phrases to use to begin your conclusion? In
summary; therefore; so; thus; to conclude; in a word. Misused: "on the
other hand" is a contrasting second opinion about your topic.
What is a way of joining together the ideas in your body paragraphs?
There are techniques for this that work well and are fairly easy to
learn. One is called the Paragraph "Hook" (See example below)
Body 1 topic sentence: Rhyme is one of the things we learned in
Body 2 topic sentence: In addition to rhyme, I also learned about
alliteration and how it works.
The Lively Art of Writing is the book where this technique
was originally discussed by Lucille Vaughn Payne.
May I use questions in the concluding paragraph? In my opinion,
one good question could be useful. A series of questions may be
Do you people really write this way (in standard essay style)? Is the
standard essay written by good writers and so on? Often, no! BUT, to
play piano well, you practice scales for hours; to write essay well, you
perfect the practice essay.
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