5 things to write about in an essay

5 things to write about in an essay | How to Write an Essay in 5 Easy Steps

5 things to write about in an essay: Need to write an essay? Don’t know where to start? You must have these 5 things to write about in an essay.

1. Pick a topic and write a thesis

If possible, choose something that interests you. This is an interesting approach to writing your essay. First, choose a topic and write a thesis. A thesis is the main argument of your essay. For instance, if your topic is reading, your thesis might be “Reading makes you smarter.”

Once you have a thesis, think about your main topic and find words that relate to it in different ways. Then, branch out (broaden, diversify) your list to words that aren’t as closely related to your main topic.

2. Brainstorm about topic and act like a reporter

Write down any idea that comes to your head about things you’d like to include, including key points, examples, and illustrations.

When you are first assigned the topic, go ahead and really explore the possible options for your thesis. Ask questions. Get curious. The more questions you ask before you start writing, the more information you will have to use in the essay.

A strong essay is one that covers a lot of content in a succinct (short, to-the-point) way. This process of acting like a reporter will give you valuable quotes, resources and vocabulary to begin the writing process.

For instance, if you’re writing about a new diet plan, you might ask questions like, “Who is the best candidate for this diet plan?,” “How can someone get started?” and “What is the hardest part of this plan?”

3. Organize thoughts around the topic.

Pick out a thesis, or main point you are trying to prove. This will become your first paragraph.

Identify three points to back up this thesis. These will become your 3 supporting paragraphs.

Think of a conclusion, which will become your fifth paragraph. A topic sentence is the first sentence in a paragraph, and it summarizes the rest of the paragraph. You can create them first to help you stay on track when writing your essay.

For the thesis “Reading makes you smarter,” one paragraph’s topic sentence might be, “Newspapers make you more aware of current events.” Another paragraph’s topic sentence could be, “Reading plays and classic literature will make you more cultured.”

If you’re writing about the three main issues facing writers today, you could write three full sentences that each address one main issue. Set these aside. Then, when you start writing the essay, refer to your topic sentences to create a solid structure that begins at point A and ends at point C.

4. Write Arguments from Both Sides

1st paragraph- State your thesis and add a transitional hook that alerts the reader to what they can expect in the body of the paper

2nd paragraph- This should be your strongest argument or point. Include examples and illustrations.

3rd paragraph- This should be your second strongest argument or point. Include examples and illustrations.

4th paragraph- This should be your weakest argument or point. Include examples and illustrations.

5th paragraph- This is your conclusion. Restate the thesis, summarize your three points, and make a strong final statement that ties up and concludes the essay.

If you have to write a longer or more complex essay, it might help to outline both sides of the argument before you start writing. When you write the essay, you will need to choose one side to focus on. But as you prepare, having a side-by-side list of points can be helpful in developing your thesis.

Also, by arguing for the opposite side of your opinion, you will learn which points you need to better address in your essay. You will learn more about the topic, and you will gain more vocabulary words to enrich the essay.

As an example, you might be writing an essay arguing that people should drink less coffee. To argue both sides, you’ll need to consider the opposite side: the benefits of coffee. How will people quit if they are addicted? What about the antioxidants in coffee? Aren’t those good for you? Really explore the entire concept (both sides of the argument) before you write.

 5. Revise & Review the Whole Essay

Read your paper over after not viewing it for a while so you can see it with fresh eyes. Look for ways you could strengthen your argument or grammar. Have a friend read it over and give you feedback. Review the Whole Essay with Your Friend, Then Rewrite It.

Once you and your friend have both reviewed your essay and marked any mistakes, rewrite the whole thing. This step is important. Just noting that you made some mistakes will not help you learn how to avoid them in the future.

By rewriting the essay with the corrections in mind, you will teach yourself how to write those sections properly. You will create a memory of using proper grammar or spelling a word correctly. So, you will be more likely to write it correctly next time.

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