Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding an organizational structure, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
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- One of the most critical decisions to make…when you start writing…is to find an organizational structure…that suits your essay.…In my experience,…I find that most high school students mistakenly believe…that there is only one choice,…the five-paragraph essay.…You know,…the one where you have a broad…to specific introduction stating your thesis,…three body paragraphs that develop it,…then a specific to broad conclusion…that restates the thesis?…Yes, I thought that would sound familiar.…While this structure can work just fine…for an analysis or argument paper,…it definitely isn't your best choice…for a college application essay.…
The five-paragraph essay is an example…of what is known as the deductive structure.…You start with providing the reader your thesis…and then you prove it.…In a personal narrative,…such as a college application essay, however,…you actually may be better off…putting your thesis statement…at the end of your essay.…This organizational structure,…known as the inductive pattern,…means that you are proving your point throughout the essay…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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