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Elements of a Good Essay

There are many things that make an essay a good essay and the writers at Paper Masters can show you how. We give you tips and help you understand the elements needed when writing to make your thoughts and ideas clear.

Ten Stps to Writing a Good Essay

  1. Select and narrow an essay topic.
  2. Identify audience and purpose before beginning the process of writing an essay.  
  3. Formulate a strong, effective thesis statement.
  4. Structure an essay using a strong beginning, middle, and end.
  5. Develop and organize the topic sentences, the supporting details and specific evidence that support the thesis and essay.
  6. Show appropriate development of the essay and the thesis using paragraphs that contain sentence variety and specific, coherent, relevant, and interesting details.
  7. Make good use of topic sentences, transitions, and concluding statements within the paragraphs, which better links paragraphs in the essay.
  8. Include 4 to 7 relevant, quality sources in your works cited page
  9. Revise to ensure appropriate development with specific attention to cohesion, support, and organization. Revise to include varied, interesting, and accurate sentences and word choices.
  10. Identify the common grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors in an essay and apply the rules of correction to effectively edit.

Helpful Hints for Revisions of to Make the Essay Great

Below you will see some helpful hints that you can use to make sure your essay is as good as it possibly can be.

  • Is the thesis clearly stated? By the end of the introduction, readers should clearly know the thesis and what is being explained in the essay.
  • Does the introduction give relevant background information to help readers understand the issue? If the topic is one that readers will not be familiar with, the reader will need background information about the subject to understand the topic.
  • Does the introduction make the subject fresh and interesting? No one likes a dull opening. Avoid beginning with statements like, “What I am about to explain is…” Make sure your introduction is lively and able to draw attention.
  • Does the introduction set up the thesis statement? Be sure you can locate the thesis and that it is clear. Is there enough support for the thesis? Make sure that you are not hanging off the limb of a tree making claims that no one can believe. Generalizing numbers is ineffective at best. Find the facts and give the necessary support.
  • Does the conclusion do more than simply summarize the topic? The conclusion has a big job. It needs to go beyond mere summary of the topic. It may need to speculate on the future of the topic, or give solutions to problems posed in the essay. The main thing is that the conclusion should leave readers satisfied, and bring the tone of the essay to a final note. It may seem like common sense to mention this, but the conclusion should not introduce new ideas since the essay will not address any of them.
  • Has the writer kept his or her opinion out of the essay?