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Kevin's Collection of Example Essays -- "good structure"


EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Mar 23, 2010   #1
I want to have a thread to which I can link people when they need excellent examples of essays with "good structure." But what does it mean for an essay to have good structure? Google it, and you'll find some good explanations.

An essay with good structure is the opposite of a "rant." When someone rants about one thing after another, it is not a good essay. However, if an essay has a great "hook" to catch your attention in the beginning of paragraph 1, a great thesis statement at the end of paragraph 1, a topic sentence at the beginning of every paragraph, and a conclusion paragraph that reflects on or discusses the implications of the theme/thesis of the essay... then that has good structure!

However, some people would argue that it is not good to encourage writers to constrain their art into a particular structure. They are right... it is important to hae the freedom of poetry even when you apply the principles of structure.

So, when you find examples of good structure in essays at EssayForum -- even if the essays are not perfect -- please link us to them here in this thread!

:-) Thanks!

Here is the first example of excellent structure: https://essayforum.com/books-5/jake-barnes-hemingway-sun-rises-16237/

This one has a clear thesis statement at the end of the first paragraph, but the topic sentences should be a little more focused on supporting the thesis statement.
alina967 11 / 29  
Mar 23, 2010   #2
Is it necessary that first paragraph's last sentence should the thsis statment?
OP EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Mar 23, 2010   #3
No, it's not necessary. Some beautiful pieces of writing are disorganized rants and strange streams of consciousness meandering in all directions. In fact, what made classical essays so special always involved this freedom an essayist has to wander and experiment, taking chances and challenging the reader to follow along.

However, if you are learning composition in your English class, a good way to get an A is to put that thesis statement in the last sentence of the first paragraph.

Can any of you think of a reason why that spot at the end of the first paragraph is so significant?
mylittlegoni 3 / 11  
Sep 24, 2010   #9
this is a very impressive collection of essays,
i have been trying to look at essays in order to get a better feeling of how i should improve mine
thanks!
sah1217 1 / 4  
May 8, 2011   #10
Thank you so much, Kevin!
I get some useful information to improve my essay :)
I try to follow these structures, haha!
Thanks!!
Jennifer Zhang 9 / 27  
May 10, 2011   #11
Thank you! Kevin. Valuable information here!


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