Qualities of a Good Essay

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Qualities of a good essay

Given below is the process that should be followed for essay writing. 1 Select the topic of your essay, be careful about its wording. 1. Choose the central idea, or thesis, of your essay. For example: Information technology has revolutionized the way we work. 2. Outline your essay into introductory, body and summary paragraphs. 3. The introductory paragraph begins with an interesting sentence. For example: Home workers have grown from 150,000 to over 12 million in the past 5 years thanks to the wonders of the computer. 4. After this first sentence, add your thesis statement from above. 5. Use one sentence to introduce each body paragraph to follow. For example: The Internet has made this
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It turned out to be sound advice as my friend is very good at presenting her arguments. What’s more, her father never lost a court case. He was 76-0 with law suits against him. Not too bad, eh?
Below is an effective outline to use when you write your essay. Don’t forget to include as many of the points as possible to make yourargument essay even more effective.
Argument Essay Outline:
Paragraph 1: State Your Proposition – Requires a general introduction of the problem plus your opinion about said problem.
Paragraph 2-3: Anticipate Opposition – State history of the problem including failed attempts at resolution of the problem (include sources)
Paragraph 4-6: Expand Your Argument - Extent of the problem i.e., who is affected, how bad is it, etc (include sources)
Paragraphs 7-8: Anticipate Consequences - Repercussions of the problem not being solved. (include sources)
Paragraphs 9-10: Connect with the Facts - Anticipate objections and make concessions while connecting your arguments with the facts.
Paragraph 11: Conclude - Restatement of thesis and summary of main ideas.
Something found in all good argument essays are appeals to the following three areas. People are more likely to be persuaded when you touch upon all three of the following areas as opposed to just one or two of them. 1. Reason 2. Ethics 3. Emotion
Not all people are persuaded by logic. (My wife, for example ;-) Likewise, some require an appeal to the ethic to
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