Essay models

Last updated: 13 Oct 2008

Here are some models for the structure of the essay. Practice a couple of them, and use whichever one best suits both your style of writing and your method of making a point.

Model 1

1st paragraph: state both sides of the argument before announcing what side you are on.

2nd paragraph: support your argument

3rd paragraph: further

4th paragraph: further support

5th paragraph: conclusion

Model 2

1st paragraph: state your position

2nd paragraph: acknowledge the arguments in favor of the other side

3rd paragraph: rebut each of those arguments

4th paragraph: conclusion

Model 3

1st paragraph: state the position you will eventually contradict

2nd paragraph: contradict the first position

3rd paragraph: support your position

4th paragraph: further support

5th paragraph: conclusion

Model 4

1st paragraph: provide an example or illustrative situation

2nd paragraph: state your interpretation or view of this example situation

3rd paragraph: support the argument

4th paragraph: conclusion

Model 5

1st paragraph: provide an example or illustrative situation

2nd paragraph: state the other side's possible interpretation or view of this example/situation

3rd paragraph: state your side

4th paragraph: support

5th paragraph: conclusion

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