Essay Writing

This resource starts with a general description of essay writing and moves to a discussion of common essay genres pupils may experience upon the curriculum. Though these genres, also known as the modes of discourse, have been praised by several composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the wide spread utilization of those genres and students' need to comprehend and produce these kinds of essays. We hope these tools will help.


The article is a generally assigned form of writing that each and every pupil will experience while in academia. Because of this, it is best for the student to develop into comfortable and capable with this kind of writing early on in her instruction.

Essays can be a rewarding and challenging type of writing and therefore are frequently assigned either to be done in class, which requires preceding planning and training (and a little bit of imagination ) on the section of the pupil, or as homework, which similarly demands a certain amount of preparation. Many poorly crafted essays have been produced on account of a lack of preparation and confidence. However, students can avoid the discomfort often associated with essay writing by comprehending a few common genres.

Prior to delving into its various genres, let us start with a basic definition of this essay.

Though the word essay has come to be understood as a type of writing in Modern English, its origins supply us with some helpful insights. Throughout the excavation of this early word, we are able to unearth the essence of the academic article: to inspire students to test or examine their ideas concerning a particular topic.

Essays are shorter pieces of writing that often require the student to hone a number of skills like close reading, analysis, comparison and contrast, persuasion, conciseness, clarity, and exposition. As is evidenced by this list of features, there is a lot to be gained by the student who tries to succeed at essay writing.

The goal of an article is to inspire pupils to develop ideas and concepts in their writing together with the management of more than their own notions (it could be handy to view the composition since the converse of a research paper). Thus, essays are (by nature) succinct and need clarity in purpose and direction. This usually means that there is no space for the pupil's thoughts to wander or stray from his or her function; the writing needs to be deliberate and interesting.

This handout should help students become comfortable and familiar with the practice of composition composition through the introduction of some common essay genres.