Essay Writing: Writing with Purpose

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One-word essay:
The one-word essay is quite manageable as it allows you to decide which essay type you are going to write about. Take the topic “Floods”. If you choose to write an expository essay, you can write about the causes and effects of floods; if you choose to write a narrative essay, you can narrate a story related to floods; and if you choose to write a descriptive essay, you can focus on describing floods.
Descriptive Essay:
WRITING a descriptive essay is perhaps more difficult than writing a narrative essay because it makes more demands on one’s use of language.
In a descriptive essay, you need to give a detailed description of a person, place, object, experience or memory. Your description must be so effective
that
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An introduction usually ends with some sort of statement of your focus (e.g., a focal statement, thesis statement, purpose statement, or hypoth- esis). This statement tells the reader specifically what point you are going to make or prove in your essay, and, if pos- sible, how you are going to go about doing that. You might therefore suggest the method of organization you will be using in your paper, but not actually provide the informa- tion about the points.
In the body, you are providing information and arguments that should follow logically from the point expressed in your focal statement and should support it consistently throughout the paper. The body is made up of a series of
Paragraphs: packages of information, each beginning with a topic sentence that identifies the topic of the paragraph in the same way that the focal statement for the essay de- fines the specific topic of the essay. This topic sentence also provides a link not only to the previous paragraph but also to the focal statement of the essay, identifying how this in- formation contributes to the stand you’ve taken. The topic of the paragraph is then developed with sentences which may provide examples, details, evidence or analogies. A broader concluding sentence for the paragraph may also be provided to tie the information together and remind the reader of how it relates to the focus of the essay.
The conclusion, unlike the introduction, moves from
specific

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