There are three basic types of essay papers: Once you have defined the purpose of your essay, it's time to brainstorm. Take some time to consider, contrast and weight your options.Get out a piece of paper and make a list of all the different topics that fit the purpose of your essay.If you're expected to produce a paper that is a general overview, then a general topic will suffice.
The following is an example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement: The life of a child raised in Pena Blanca is characterized by little playing, a lot of hard work and extreme poverty.
An example of an analytical thesis statement: An analysis of the loan application process for citizens of third world countries reveals one major obstacle: applicants must already have money in order to qualify for a loan.
Some people prefer and work better with the flowing structure of a diagram.
Others like the rigid and logical structure of an outline.
A good thesis statement should be clear, concise, specific, and takes a position.
The word "thesis" just sounds intimidating to most students, but a thesis is actually quite simple.Elements of an Essay Created in 1991 by Gordon Harvey, Assistant Director, Harvard Expository Writing Program Edited in 1994 by Dr. Taylor, Senior Lecturer, Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English, Brown University Most of your writing at Brown will take the form of essays about a text or group of texts, whether your instructor calls them "essays" or not.By essay we in this [handout] will mean a written argument, readable in one sitting, in which some idea is developed and supported.For example, lets assume the objective of your essay is to write an overview. However, if the objective or your essay is to write a specific analysis, then "RUSSIA" would be far too general a topic.You'll need to narrow down your topic to something like "Russian Politics: Past, Present and Future" or "Racial Diversity in the Former USSR". Or to education about a person, place, thing or idea?And the farther along in school you get, the more complex and demanding the essays will become.It's important that you learn early on how to write effective essays that communicate clearly and accomplish specific objectives.Below we'll explore the basics of writing an essay.When you first start writing essays in school, it's not uncommon to have a topic assigned to you.Once you have an idea for the basic structure of your essay, and what information you're going to present in your essay, it's time to develop your thesis statement.A thesis statement states or outlines what you intend to prove in your essay.