Essay Writing

This resource starts with a general outline of essay writing and moves into a discussion of common essay genres pupils may experience across the program. Although these genres, also referred to as the styles of discourse, have been criticized by some makeup scholars, that the Purdue OWL acknowledges the wide spread utilization of these genres and students' need to comprehend and create these kinds of essays. We hope these tools will help.


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

Essays can be a rewarding and challenging kind of writing and therefore are often assigned either to be carried out in class, which requires previous preparation and practice (and a little bit of imagination ) on the section of the pupil, or as homework, which similarly demands a certain amount of prep. Many poorly crafted essays are made due to a lack of preparation and assurance. However, students may avoid the discomfort often associated with essay writing by comprehending a few common genres.

Before delving into its different genres, then let us begin with a simple definition of the essay.

What is an article?

Although the word essay has come to be understood as a type of writing in Modern English, its own roots supply us with some helpful insights. The word comes into the English language through the French influence on Middle English; dispersing it back farther, we find that the French form of the word stems from the Latin verb exigere, meaning"to analyze, test, or (literally) to push out." Through the excavation of this ancient word, we can unearth the essence of the academic essay: to inspire students to examine or examine their ideas concerning a specific topic.

As is evidenced by this list of attributes, there is a lot to be gained by the student who strives to succeed at composition writing.

The goal of an essay is to inspire pupils to come up with ideas and concepts in their writing with the management of more than their own notions (it could be handy to view the essay as the converse of a study paper). Therefore, essays are (by nature) concise and require clarity in direction and purpose. This usually means that there is no space for the student's ideas to wander or stray out of her or his purpose; the writing must be deliberate and interesting.

This handout should help students become familiar and comfortable with the process of composition composition via the introduction of some frequent essay genres.