3. How To Begin and How To End
How will you engage your reader from the first line of your essay and keep their interest to the very end? Believe it or not, by using the very same language tricks! Try starting and/or ending with:
a) A question: this will get your reader thinking about your topic and formulating their own ideas about it.
b) A startling/surprising statistic or fact about your topic: a surefire way to pull the reader in.
c) A quotation: begin with a thought-provoking quote that will set the tone for the essay to come.
d) A definition: begin with Webster's take on the topic and then move onto your own.
e) An anecdote: a very short personal story that relates to the topic you will cover in your essay.
4. Filling It In
You have a great opening and a good idea for a bang-up finish, so it's time to talk about what goes in-between. How do you organize your essay? Try using:
a) Description: Use vivid language to express your own or someone else's experience with the topic.
b) Example: Use one or more examples to explain your topic.
c) Comparison and Contrast: Compare your topic to something that is very much like or unlike it.
d) Cause and Effect: Explain your thesis by showing how one situation has led to another.
e) Classification: Make your point by dividing your topic into parts and explaining each.