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Writing an Essay: Introduction, Body, and Conclusion

written by: blion23 • edited by: Trent Lorcher • updated: 1/24/2013

Writing is an essential skill that is fostered and nurtured at a young age. The importance of writing is growing and allows for a variety of essential tasks to be accomplished. Learning how to build and write an effective essay is a skill that is a sure asset to your arsenal of abilities

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    Importance of Writing

    Writing is an imperative skill that is learned at a young age. Writing allows for an array of important elements including expressing yourself as an individual. In addition to being a valuable and essential job skill, it allows you to demonstrate your intellectual abilities. Writing is the primary format used worldwide for expression of ideas.If you do not write, you are inevitably cutting off your contact with the rest of the world. Composing essays is a very important element of writing, and being able to write an effective essay is a very valuable skill that needs to be learned.

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    How to Write an Introduction

    An effective introduction is vital to writing a well developed essay. An effective introduction allows for two basic things: grabbing the attention of the reader and letting the reader know what the essay will hold. An effective introduction usually holds a thesis statement that covers what will be discussed in the paper. The placing of the thesis statement is also very important and the placement of it at the end of the paragraph allows it to be led up to by a hook. The hook helps to catch the attention of the audience. A few ways to hook the audience include utilizing a short narrative or anecdote, a very startling statistic or a quotation.The introduction of the essay is very important for letting the reader know what will happen in the duration of the essay that will come.

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    The Body: The "Meat" of the Essay

    The body of an essay is essentially the “meat" of the essay.This is the part of the essay where you are able to talk about your points in depth and explain some of your reasoning. The first paragraph of your body should slowly lead the thesis statement into something that can be explained and managed. Each paragraph should start with a topic sentence that includes some variation of the thesis. Next, support your main point with solid evidence or quotations that are directly linked to it. Furthermore, make sure that each paragraph includes five to six sentences of solid evidence to help prove your point, making sure that it relates back to the thesis in some way.

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    How to Write an Effective Conclusion

    The conclusion is the last chance to make an impression on the reader.The conclusion is the thing that a reader will remember from a piece of writing. Writing a conclusion is particularly important in persuasive essays because it offers the final opportunity to convince the reader.

    There are several ways to write an effective conclusion.To begin, use a summary statement rather than a summary phrase. Avoid using phrases that often begin with “In summary" or “In conclusion." It is much better to use a statement because it is much more effective and summarizes a point in the essay a lot better. In addition, refer back to the thesis of the essay. To better make your reader remember your thesis statement, restate your thesis with different words. Last, if necessary, issue a call for action during your conclusion because it is the final thing that your reader will remember.

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    Practice Makes Perfect

    As you continue to write, you will gradually get better and better. Writing is one of those things that you get better at the more and more that you do it. Experience pays off and the more you put in, the more you will get out. As you continue to improve your strengths, your writing will begin to flow smoother and you will become better at establishing your points.