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5 key features of short essays

When you receive a short essay assignment, there’s a requirement for your project which your professor may or may not have mentioned: your essay must follow a logical method of writing structure which is not only easy and interesting to read, but understandable as an entity. In the same way the parts of a machine work together in a synchronized fashion, your essay parts, as a whole, must complement each other and form one body of writing that reads efficiently.

Part one: Your introduction

Your introduction will bring the reader to a grasping acquaintance of your essay’s theme and direction. This key feature is an important hook that will either win or lose the attention of your professor when your paper gets its turn. Pack as many who’s, why’s and what’s into your 100 word introduction as you can think of, and then make sure it transitions nicely into the first paragraph.

Part two: The theory or setting

If you grabbed the reader’s attention in the introduction, then you’d better deliver what you promised in the next paragraph. A base for your discussion must now be set forth where you pose the theory (or in the case of a narrative essay, the setting) for your project.

Part three: The investigation or effect

The second paragraph of your main body must discuss the evidences of your theory posed in the previous paragraph. This section will systematically convince the reader of your opinion so as to bring their mind into conjunction with your own. Narrative essays will here contain an event that altered the situation in the setting.

Part four: The result or climax

Because of the investigation and evidence in the previous paragraph, you can now recognize what the consequences of those facts are. In both a narrative and a theoretical essay, if the previous paragraph is likened to a stone being dropped into a lake, then this paragraph will contain the ripples that occurred.

Part five: The conclusion

All essays require a good conclusion that brings your whole essay to a point of closure for the reader. Your final thoughts are expressed and the end result archived as a set belief. Narratives take an anti-climatic stance at this point of the essay, signifying the end of the story. A good ending for a narrative essay can also leave the reader hanging, forcing him or her to use their imagination for a fuller finished picture.