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How to Write an Essay in 30 Minutes

Helen Companion

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10 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Introduction

      3:02
    • 2. The Five-Paragraph Form

      4:38
    • 3. The Thesis Statement

      6:22
    • 4. Turning the Thesis into an Outline: Step 1

      3:47
    • 5. Turning the Thesis into an Outline: Step 2

      5:37
    • 6. Turning the Thesis into an Outline: Step 3

      8:18
    • 7. Turning the Thesis into an Outline: Step 4

      3:00
    • 8. Writing the Introduction

      4:35
    • 9. Writing the Conclusion

      2:17
    • 10. Class Conclusion

      0:57

About This Class

Do you struggle to get a good grade on your essays? Have you been out of college for a while, and the idea of writing an essay is intimidating? If so, this beginner class on essay-writing is for you. 

My name is Helen Companion, and I have a Master's in English and teach at the college level. I've worked with thousands of students, and essay-writing is one of the most common areas of difficulties for many of my students. The good news is that essays are actually very easy to write once you understand how they work. 

In this class, I'll explain what an essay is, how it works, and how to write one of your own. Together, we'll write an example essay, and you'll write your own in pieces throughout the class.  You'll also learn: 

  • The most common format taught in college classes. 
  • The parts of the essay, including the introduction, the body, conclusion, thesis statement, topic and transition sentences, exposition, and the hook. 
  • The repeating structure used in all academic writing. 
  • How to write a thesis statement, which is the single most important sentence in the essay. 
  • How to use that thesis statement to instantly create an outline and write about 1/3 of the body of a paper. 
  • How to write compelling and convincing proof even with a ridiculous topic 
  • How to select a hook and write an interesting introduction 
  • How to write a conclusion that will leave your reader -- and your teacher -- wanting more. 

Transcripts

1. Introduction: Hello, My name is Helen Companion and welcome to how to write an essay in 30 minutes. This is my second class for skill share. I have my masters in English and I'm a writer. In many formats, from poetry to academic writing, I also teach English at the college level. In my first class, I talked about the most common concerned that ASEAN Papers of all levels, which is issues with comments in this thoughts. We're going to approach essay writing in a way that combines outlining and traditional as they riding into one group of steps. By the end of the class, will Britain a complete F stay together and you'll have created one of your So who is this class for? It's a returning students who have not written a paper in a very long time. It's also for students enter the composition class for a college or high school and for individuals looking for a basic structure that can be adapted to multiple types of writing . While the structure that teaches applicable to just about any type of informative, argumentative writing, The approach taken in this class is very much for those who struggle. Writing at sites. It's formulaic and it step by step. In other words, it's for beginners. The first time, I will probably take about 30 minutes for a student writing an essay that would meet or exceed the expectations for one of one class course. I'm not encouraging students to wait until the last minute to complete assignments, but I also know there were times where I had to come up with something at the last minute, and this was how I didn t. So what? You learn house or had a compelling thesis statement and use it out on your paper. The five paragraph essay format and why it matters to easy outline structures commonly used in academic essays and how to use them to streamline the writing process. How to use the outline communally, instantly write the paper itself and techniques for writing an introduction or conclusion for the core structure. 1st 2 classes, which deal with five paragraph as they form the basis statement, are mostly conceptual. The first class in particular is about the big picture, so it'll be easier to understand how everything works together. Starting in, the thesis section will be writing an essay together and each step of the process will be demonstrated because of this, and because the steps and content will be read aloud, I expect the crust did take longer than 30 minutes to complete as counter intuitive. As it sounds, we'll start with the body of the paper and write the introduction and conclusion throughout . The class will help you identify easy approaches and tips and tricks to make it easier. When you start on your own paper, there are exercises in most sections, and they're very short and they build off the previous exercises. These exercises will also be used. Drive the final essay, and that's all for the introduction. When you're ready, join me in the next section. 2. The Five-Paragraph Form : hello and welcome back to how to write an essay in 30 minutes in the section, we're gonna talk about the foundation of all I could emigrate five paragraph. You might have heard of this. It's the one with the introduction body and conclusion that has talked frequently at the high school and college levels. One of the reasons that it's talked so much is that it is very structured but also very flexible. The same time you can use it for almost any topic, and I shouldn't see later. Even an absolutely ridiculous as a topic sounds compelling in this format. Once you understand how it works, it's also very easy. So here's the basic for this type of essay starts with an introduction, which provides and background information on the topic and captures the readers interests in three body paragraphs. You have your argument, and at the end you recap what you said and explain significance in the conclusion. This'll is another common way of explaining this type of S A. But the sandwich, the introduction in the conclusion or both bread and the body is where the meat and other delicious things are located. Some students find that easier to comprehend than the other outlets. So as I mentioned before, the five paragraph essay has three parts. The introduction, the body and conclusion. These are essentially the beginning, the middle in the end, each section and subsection of the five paragraph as follows the same former typically introductions new from general information to the specific. The introduction starts with the hook, which is just a sentence that draw the Raider in and interviews the topic. The end of the introductory paragraph is the thesis statement, which tells the reader with the papers about and how it will be discussed. This functions much like a conclusion for the introduction in the middle of a background information or any information that is needed to get from Point EG the hook to Point C with thesis. There are three body paragraphs in a traditional five paragraph essay, although there can be more fuel, Each of the body paragraphs follows a similar structure. At the beginning of the pair of ref, you write a sentence that says what this paragraph is about. This sentence, the topic sentence functions like the introduction at the paragraph level. Then you discuss the meat of that paragraph, which is the exposition or the evidence as well. Seymour Later the evidence Two fellows of beginning middle and end type structure which is this lead and evidence and analysis that you see here at the end of the paragraph you write a sentence, something have what was just that. This sentence is called the transition sentence or the lead out. And when you're first starting out, it's common. To just paraphrase the topic, the conclusion is essentially a reverse introduction. You start with a paraphrase of the thesis statement and then you work from specific information to general information, ending on the significance of the paper sometimes called a So what factor in the conclusion the paraphrase thesis statement functions like an introduction and then a recap of the paper functions like the body and finally this. So what statement is the conclusion of the conclusion? And so this is a pretty standard outline, and it shows you what it all looks like when it's put together. In the introduction, we have the hook which functions like an introduction for the introductory paragraph, transitional information which functions like a body, and the thesis statement which functions like a conclusion when they're three body paragraphs, each of which have a topic sentence introducing the paragraph exposition the body, which has a lead in evidence and analysis. And then a transition, or elite out which functions like the conclusion. And finally, the conclusion has a thesis to introduction to introduce the topic, Um, transitional information functions of the body and then ends with a So what statement? Which is kind of like the opposite of a hook. If all that seems really complicated, that's okay. Don't get easier as we practice it as you see it used in the next line. So that's it for this section. We've talked about the main part five paragraph essay in the repeating structure seen throughout the paper. There's not an exercise for the section, so when you're ready to move on to the next one 3. The Thesis Statement : welcome back to how to write an essay in 30 minutes. In the last section, we looked at an overview of the five paragraph. For now, we're gonna narrow in and talk about the single most important sentence in the paper. The Faces statement well written thesis statement is essentially the paper condensed to a sentence. It tells you what is being discussed, why it matters and how it's going to be discussed. That sounds like a lot, but it's actually pretty easy, and by the end of the section you'll be able to write thesis statements with ease. But first, let's talk a little bit about a thesis statement provides a roadmap for the rest of the paper, telling the reader what they can expect, and often in what order of the information will appear. It functions as the concluding sentence or sentences for the introductory paragraph. It is short is normally only one or two sentences. It often includes a disputable client where states an opinion that the paper will explore, and it answers the prompt or the question. In other words, a good thesis statement is concise, specific, debatable gifts the readers or get gains. The reader's interest and encourages him to read on and explain how or why the paper will look for So there are many ways to compose a good thesis statement at the beginning, however, I find that formula are helpful for a lot of students. So in the following X is the claim equals is any linking words and why A, B and C are reasons, evidence, steps or so and you'll notice that exes and bold And even so, the all the claims Aaron Bolt to on all the evidence is gonna be in italics. So one for Miss X equals Y um, one way of writing that would be developing a thesis statement encourages better writing by developing a road map for the reader. So you just have a claim, and then you have one kind of general synopsis of what your evidence will be. I don't prefer that one at the beginning. It's kind of something you learn how to do in time of the one that is more common for introductory classes when a one classes is X equals, April's people see which accepts the claim. A plus B plus C are the reasons of the evidence, so developing a thesis statement encourages better writing is the claim by is the linking word and stating important claims. Providing a structure for the paper and briefly explaining the significance of the argument would be a B. And so here are some examples of these statements it's worth noting that these in no way represent or do not represent my own point of view. That's the first example is the best day of my life was when Mark proposed because it was in the perfect restaurant. All my friends and family were there, and now I'm starting a future with my best friend. The claim here is the best day of my life was when more proposed linking word is because it was in the perfect restaurant is a All my friends and family were there is B, and now I'm starting a future with my best friend to see in the next example. Vaccination should be mandatory for all Children because they decrease the chance of dental infections, increased herd immunity and prevent deadly virus is mutating. The claim is, vaccination should be mandatory for all Children. Linking word is because they decrease the chance of deadly infections is a increase. Herd immunity. It's B and prevent deadly viruses from mutating is state Uh, and then 1/3 example. It doesn't seem like much, but dedicating 15 minutes a day to a hobby can help the learner develop proficiency, encourage a daily practice habit and keep the individual interested in the topic. Here. The claim is actually dedicating 15 minutes a day to a hobby. Everything before that is just kind of introducing it. The linking word is can help, Um, and then the evidence is help the learner develop prevention z just a encourage daily practice. Happiness be and keep the individual interested in the top. I could see there some tips and tricks to help you. A deriding these statements one writing specific types of essay, such as narrative or descriptive, Formative, argumentative cause ineffective Apparent contrast. You want to indicate the type of these type of s site in the thesis statement. So if you're writing a narrative essay, you might want to refer to the fact that it's a story or indicate that, um, if you're using a cause and effect that site, then you might use an infinite statement. So if this happens, then that will happen. Comparing contrast, you won't indicate whether you're comparing or contrasting in the thesis statement, and often there are some kind of sample thesis statements for each of those. They're called rhetorical modes that I'll look at in a different class. Help with that In classes, you can often create the claim by rewarding part of the problem. This is something I don't think a lot of teachers teach, but it's actually it makes it really easy, because when you get the prompt, half of your thesis statement is already done. So if you have the prompt what was most important moment in your life, then your claim for your thesis statement is going to be the most important moment in my life. Waas and you want to be a specific is reasonably possible. It's actually much easier to write a paper about a narrow topic than it is about a broad one way to the end of the section. We've covered what thesis statements all are and how to write. Um, and you're gonna try your hand at writing a couple of yourself, right? Written several prompts like you might see in an English class Jews two or three of these and write a thesis statement for them. Feel free to share them with me on the community. And when you're ready, we'll move onto the next step in the process, which is writing the basic outline. 4. Turning the Thesis into an Outline: Step 1 : welcome back to how to write Nets I in 30 minutes. The next step in the process is to use the thesis to write a basic outline. You may already have everything you need. If you have a thesis statement in the X equals a plus B plus C format, you've already done 90% of the work for the step. This is also where we start writing an essay, and this is going to be the thesis statement that we will use for the paper The paper were writing is intentionally absurd because I want to demonstrate the performers effective even with the most ridiculous of clients. I in no way believe that all speeding ticket should be punished by public execution. If you remember from the previous section, one formula for thesis statement is X equals a plus B plus C. To make it easier to see this claim is in bold and the evidence is in italics. But these a statement will be using for this class is all speeding. Tickets should be punished by public execution, which is the claim because beating is the cause of 1/3 of fatal car crashes, which is a individuals his speed are unlikely to respect the law, which is B and public execution service an excellent deterrent to prevent future unlawful behavior. I see I find that a lot of students who struggle with English or mathematically oriented so I try to use math when I can. Here's how to build an outline using a formula now for some students myself included. This would be more confusing than the typical format, which will show you on the next line use whatever form works for you. We all work differently, and that's perfectly fine. So the introduction Northeast this is the last sentence and that in its X equals a plus B plus c, your body paragraph is going to be X equals a. So everything in that paragraph is going to pertain to point a body paragraph B is X equals B. The claim is true because everything regarding B is gonna be in that pair and then same thing with see the third paragraph and then finally your conclusion is going to be to read . So here's a much more normal outline. Its for a basic outline For this step, your introduction. We'll end with your thesis, which is all speeding. Tickets should be punished by public execution because speeding is the third is the cause of 1/3 of fatal car crashes. Crashes. Individuals who speeder unlikely to respect the law in public execution service. Excellent deterrent to prevent future unlawful behavior. Your body paragraph is going to discuss how speeding is the cause of 1/3 of fatal car crashes, which we've said it's a body paragraph two. Individuals who speed are unlikely to respect the law, which is be body paragraph three, Public executions, The Service of Deterrent, which is see and then in your conclusion. I'm not going to do this with every single subsection, but in your conclusion you will restate the thesis or paraphrase that which again is all speeding. Tickets should be punished by public execution because speeding is the cause. 1/3 of fatal car crashes. Individuals The speed are unlikely to respect the law and public executions serve as an excellent deterrent to prevent future unlawful bake. And that brings us to the end of this section. You've learned the parts of a thesis statement and how to turn one into a basic outline for the exercise you're going to take one of the thesis statements that you wrote in the last section and turn it into a not one like we did here. When you're ready, will move on to the next section, which is where we beef up this outline a little bit more. 5. Turning the Thesis into an Outline: Step 2: Welcome back in this next section, we're going to take the outline from the previous previous section and add topic in transition sentences to the body. These will serve as guidelines when you're writing the rest of the paper, which is why are works of support Beats my anger. This is the at one we worked on thus far. Thesis once again is all speeding tickets should be punished by public execution because beating is the cause of the third fatal car crashes. Individuals of speed are unlikely to respect the law and public execution service an excellent deterrent to prevent future unlawful behavior. And again, this is an intentionally ridiculous thesis statement that I have no way believe I'm just demonstrating that this essay will work even with this is ridiculous. Thesis statement from the body Paragraph one correlates to point X Speeding is what the cause of 1/3 of fatal car crashes the second body paragraph four legs to point B and same with the third paragraph. It correlates to pull see so topic sentences first thes function like an introduction of the paragraph level. They're normally the first sentence of each paragraph again. There they function is the introduction for the paragraph that connect the evidence and the claim, and one way of looking at them is with Formula X equals a X equals B X. How do you write a topic sentence? Most important thing about the topics and this state what the paragraph will be about. Ideally, it will also address the point as a reminder. Our thesis statement is what I said on the previous slide, and you're probably tired of hearing about Oh, so you're gonna take the claim and the point for each respective paragraph and you're gonna combine them into a sentence. So for your first paragraph, your topic sentence will be executing speeders. X could prevent a large number of fatal car crashes. A executing speeders. It's gotta paraphrasing that first claim, all speeding ticket should be punished by public execution. And preventing a large number of fatal car crashes is paraphrasing point A. You There's many ways to do this. You'll see two others of what matters is that you connect the plane and the point. So here's another one is for our second paragraph, people whose feet are unlikely to respect the law. That's a paraphrase of individuals a speed are unlikely to respect the law, and then you go to the claim, and public executions will prevent them for perpetrating more serious crimes. And then here's another one where I combined X and C Together. Public executions for speeders would act as a deterrent to prevent future unlawful behaviours. On the other side of the paragraph is the transition. Uh, these are normally the last sentences. In a paragraph. They help the reader move from one topic to the next. Their conclusion for a given topic or sub topic. They can be almost anywhere in the FAA, but most common and especially important at the end of a paragraph. And here's some approaches the topic sentence. Plus what or a equals X basically a reverse of your topic. You have more flexibility of transition sentences than you didn't topic sentences. What really matters is that they recap what was that? And leave the radar understanding the importance that the point. It's often easiest, right? Transition sentences from your topic sentences. Here's some examples of talking pick sentences for our essays in transition sentences that I've taken a kind of rewarded from those. So for the topic sentence. Executing speeders could prevent a large number of fatal car crashes. One transition sentence might be execution for a speeding ticket might seem harsh, but it would also prevent many other deaths, which includes the So what factor for a second paragraph topic sentences. People who are people who speed are unlikely to respect the law, and public execution will prevent them from perpetrating more serious crimes. A transition sentence might be. Respect for the law is crucial for the functioning of civilized society. Just point B plus A. So what and execution of these individuals will prevent damage from other crimes. Just be again if for points er topic sentence was public executions for speeders with act as a deterrent to prevent future unlawful behavior, then our transition sentence might be. Deterring these lawless criminals in a public manner sends the message that behavior will not be tolerated again. You don't have to worry about including everything that I have in these when you're starting out putting the so what factor is not necessary. If all you could feel uncomfortable doing is paraphrasing the topic sentence. Go ahead and do that. So here's our expanded out one as you can see I've added the topic in the transition sentences for each of the three body paragraphs as we did them earlier in here, close to the end of this section way learned how to use the faces statement to write topic in transition sentence. We also included these honor outline. So now it's your turn. Take the outline from the previous section and right out of topic in transition sentence for each body paragraph and then when you're ready to move on to the next section. 6. Turning the Thesis into an Outline: Step 3: welcome back to how to write an essay in 30 minutes. In the last section, we expanded a basic outline by adding topic in transition sentences. Now we're going to add meat to each paragraph. This is the part of essay writing that scares most. Students will cover a lot in the section, but you'll still only be writing about two sentences per paragraph in this whole section, and it's a lot easier than you think it ISS. So if you need a reminder, there's are outlined so far and it includes the thesis statement what each paragraph is about, and the topic and the transition sentences. I've already read it a few times, so I'm gonna have a step back and wait for just a second to allow you to read over it. If you need a reminder. Moving on from the center of each body paragraph is the evidence, which is really anything that proves the central idea of the paragraph. In other words, it's what you used to support the topic sentence, which in turn supports diseases statement. Here's some types of evidence fax and data examples and anecdotes. Um, so an example would be anything the demonstrates what you've shown up. There's a lot of examples in this last video and anecdote would be a short story demonstrating your point. If you were talking about car crashes, you might talk about the time your cousin got in a car crash and how it made you feel after charts, graphs and figures, often very common types of of evidence and then primary and secondary sources, which can include facts, date examples, anecdotes, charts, graphs and figures. But they're generally your quotes and your paraphrases and your primary sources will be. For instance, if you're analysing a poem, that would be your primary source. Any research papers you use regarding that poem or articles, those would be secondary sources. Um, and remember, all evidence must be appropriately cited if it's from another source. If it's not appropriately cited, that's plagiarism that I could get you in a lot of trouble. Um, I'm not talking about different types of citation methods here, and we're not including citations really in this essay, because there's different ways that it's done in different classes, and I don't wanna introduce anything that might contain so life with other parts of the essay we've discussed evidence needs to be introduced. We call this believe it and hear some important things to know about leaders. They introduced the evidence. They are especially important with quote, you can sometimes get away with not including a lead and if you're just giving an anecdote or an example, but you have to have one with a quote. Eso here some examples of Weeden's according to so and so she says, it's that little bit before the quote itself. That kind of lets the reader know what's going on. If your lead in is not a full sentence, it should be followed by a comma. So, according to Sell inside would have a comma after it, she says, would have a comma after it. If your lead in is a full sentence before the quote, it is followed by a colon sort of jump to the next concept. Before you look at some examples, analysis is lost. Another step that students often forget. Your evidence, especially with quotes, is not enough to stand on some. Thus, you need to write a sentence or so explaining how the evidence supports your claim. So analysis normally answers this, so what? Why is this important? Um, it explains how the evidence relates to the topic sentence in the thesis. And if you get stuff, don't overthink it. Just explain why you chose that specific piece of evidence, because assumedly there's a reason you decided it needed to go in that paragraph. So if nothing else, just say that. Okay, so now let's look at some examples. Um, we'll put all the elements together. None of the quotes here or in the example essays, Air Riel quotes. I'm just making them up to for the purpose of this class. So, according to Doe, identity is the construction that we make for ourselves. In other words, identity itself created in this example. The Laden is according to go. The evidence is the quote, which is identity is the construction that we make for ourselves. And the analysis is, in other words, identity itself created in this case. I'm just basically restating what does said, and that's actually really common approach. It's not repetitive. It's something you can dio. Um, Smith says. Cats have been cohabitating with us for 14,000 years, and it was them who initiated this relationship. We didn't domesticate cats. They chose to live with us. Little side note. The misspelling of habitat ating is proof that even the best English nerds make typos from time to time. So don't feel bad about those. Ah, the lead in is, Smith says, Your evidence is cats have been cohabitating with us for 14,000 years, and it was them who initiated the relationship. And the analysis is, we didn't domesticate cats. They chose. So now we're going to start putting it together, Um, with the essay that we've been writing together. So if for your first body paragraph speeding is the cause of 1/3 of fatal car crashes, is your topic and your topic sentences? Executing speeders could prevent a large number of fatal car crashes. Then a lead in might be, according to the National Traffic Safety Administration, your evidence might be. For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately 1/3 of all motor vehicle fatalities, and in 2017 almost 10,000 people died in traffic accidents as a result of speeding. And so the analysis for those two little bits of evidence is that these air deaths that could easily have been prevented if individuals did not break the law by speeding and the analysis is ties it back to the point of the pair. You want to do the same thing for the second body paragraph. If our topic sentences, people who speed are unlikely to respect the will on public executions will prevent them from perpetrating more serious crimes. A lead in for evidence might be. In fact, the evidence is the N H T S A. Was disregard for others and for the law as one of the most important drivers of speeding behaviour. And the analysis might be because many of those feeding simply believe they are above the law. It is best to take action and prevent more serious and dangerous crime trying one more time with the same with third paragraph. This paragraph is about how public executions but act as a deterrent. And so our lead in might be prison sentences, fines, community service and other punishments are all built on the same basic principle. And you can see this actually might be a sentence of its own. So it doesn't just have to be a few words. The evidence is if the punishment for the crime is severe. Individuals are less likely to commit a crime because the punishment isn't worth it. And the analysis brings us back to the point of the paper and of the paragraph beheading those who speed will act as a strong deterrent and essentially stop. And that brings us to the end of this section. This is, I believe, the longest one in the whole class we've covered how to write introduced provide an analysed evidence in a body paragraph. Now it's your turn. Take the outline. You've been working on addi an elite in evidence. In analysis, you don't have to do research for this part of the assignment. Unless, of course, you want to just write what you want on there. You can make it up like I did here, too. When you're ready, will move on to the 7. Turning the Thesis into an Outline: Step 4: welcome to the next segment of the class, and the next step is to remove the outlining step is take out the outlining elements. The hard part is done. Now all you have to do is hit backspace, and when if they remove all the outlining what I mean, it's the topic in transitions parts, the lead in evidence and analysis. So for the sake of time, we're only going to go through what to take out on the first paragraph. Um, so you're to take out the body Paragraph one. You know, all that stuff, the word topic, the ec's lead word leading the word evidence, the word analysis and the word transition, the X and the A And and this is what you'll be left with and how it sounds together for body paragraph one we have Executing speeders could prevent a large number of fatal car crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For two decades, beating has been involved in approximately 1/3 of all motor vehicle fatalities, and in 2017 almost 10,000 people die in traffic accidents as a result of speeding these air deaths that could easily have been prevented if individuals did not break the law by speeding execution First. Being ticket might seem harsh, but it would also prevent many other death. And we're gonna skip doing the taking out the outlining on the other two because it's pretty self expand mandatory. But here's what the whole body would look like. We've already read the first paragraph. So the second paragraph of the body would be individuals who speed are unlikely to respect the law. People who's speed are unlikely to respect the law, and public executions will prevent them from perpetrating more serious crimes. In fact, the N H T S A. Let's disregard for others in the law. It's one of the most important drivers of speeding behaviour. Because many of those speeding simply believe they are above the law, it is best to take action to prevent more serious and more dangerous crimes. Respect for the law is crucial for the functioning. Civilized society and execution of these individuals will prevent damage from other crimes . And then the third paragraph. Public executions for speeders would act as a deterrent to prevent future unlawful behaviours. President sentences, binds, community services and other punishments are all built on the same basic principle. If the punishment for a crime this severe individuals are less likely to commit a crime because the punishment is that worth it, beheading those his speed will act as a strong deterrent and essentially stopped the behavior altogether. Deterring these lawless criminals in a public manner since the message that the behavior will not and that brings us to the end of this section and to the end of writing the body for this exercise, all you have to do is remind the outlining elements. As we did hear, Visit said, This is lasted for the body, so pat yourself on the back and get ready to move to the introduction. 8. Writing the Introduction: welcome back to how to write an essay in 30 minutes. In the last section, we finished writing the body of the essay together. Now we're going to write the introduction and conclusion. It makes sense to discuss these two together, even though they're at opposite ends of the paper because they're essentially mirror images of each other. Both the intro and the conclusion are often more difficult than the body because they're not us formulaic. But that also means there's a lot of flexibility and how Theo introduction, like every other part of the paper, starts with the beginning in this case called the Hook and ends with concluding information . In this case, the infamous thesis statement in the middle is any background information or summary that the reader might need to know to understand the paper. How do I start? An essay is one of the most common questions that students ask me. There is no one right way to start a given SX, but here, some common a purchase and things to look for. The hook is generally an anecdote, a surprising fact or statistic or quote. The hook should be related to your thesis, but me more general on the topic itself. If you find yourself thinking that's the perfect way to start this paper that you probably found out. So here are some examples of hooks for an anecdote in an essay about PTSD after he came home from the war, my father was never the same. He jumped at the smallest sound, as if he was not fully aware that he was now home and safe. A statistic or fact for an essay arguing that resource is for domestic abuse need to be less gender. According to the CDC, one in seven men are victims of domestic violence and a quote for an essay on how we construct different identities for different audiences. All the world's a stage jockeys famously declares in Shakespeare's As You Like it. So what to include in the interest. If you're writing a literary analysis, you will include background information about the author of a work plot summary if needed, a statement of the primary concerns in a more general sense, little on what not to include in the intro information that is crucial to your paper. Anything you're going to discuss in the body of the paper or irrelevant information in academic essays. It's worse note worth noting that the words you and you're basically banned throughout the whole paper. But there especially common, to throw it in the intro. So I wanted to go ahead and include that. So one common approach for writing introduction is to start with the hook in the thesis and then just feel in the middle. Our goal here is just to move from Point A to point B for our paper. The hook might be in the United States. An average of 100 people die in traffic accidents every day, and then our thesis is all speeding. Tickets should be punished by public execution because feeding is the cause of 1/3 of fatal car crashes. Individuals who speed are unlikely to respect the law, and public executions serve as an excellent deterrent to prevent future unlawful behavior. So here's what it looks like when we fill it out. So the hook was in the United States and averaged 100 people die in traffic accidents each day. So then what do we want to say about that? Um, well, sadly, but the vast majority of these deaths are preventable And what do you want to say about that? One of the greatest contributors to traffic related speeding, death or traffic related deaths is speeding. And then as such, speeder should be punished harshly because their behavior could kill others on the road. And that gets us to the thesis. It doesn't have to be five sentences. You just need to get from point A to point B. And so here's how it all looks together. I just read all of it, So I'm gonna just hold for a second and let you read it, and that brings us to the end of this section. Are exercise for this time is in previous sections, we developed a body paragraph. Now develop a hook for your introductory paragraph. It's all you need to do with this step and in the next section will talk about conclusions that will be basically it for this plus 9. Writing the Conclusion: welcome to the final section of How to Write an essay in 30 Minutes. This last section is about the conclusion, which is probably the trickiest part of writing an essay. It's the least structured part of the paper, and so it's easiest to think of it in terms of what to do and what not to do here. Some potential things you can include in the conclusion paraphrase of the thesis statement you really should always include that summary of main points covered in the paper. That's very common. General applications and conclusions from the paper Reminders of the introduction A. So what factor? A rhetorical question. You do not need to include all of these in the single conclusion, and you probably shouldn't be a lot of information. But just make the decisions that you think are best for that paper. So what not to include new information or any additional points for your argument? It's really easy to think of something at the end and throw it in the conclusion. You don't need to do that. It'll just confuse your reader or information that directs the readers to think about new questions about your topic. So the most common approach. Um, for already, conclusion is this one. This is the simplest one, which is the recap. So you start with a paraphrase of the thesis when you recap point a recap, point B Recap, point C and have a So for rs say that this is what that might look like. It is perfectly reasonable to punish all speeders with execution there. Irresponsible behavior contributes to many car accidents and deaths. Those who break laws are more likely to break more serious laws. Finally, public executions serves a powerful deterrent to prevent similar of responsible behavior in the future. Beheading speeders could save thousands of lives each year. Isn't it time we took action against this brings us to the end of this section. You've learned how to write a conclusion. There isn't an exercise in with section because in the next one you'll be starting your final project when you're ready and move on to the conclusion of this class 10. Class Conclusion: So this brings us to the end of how to write an essay in 30 minutes. Um, you've learned have to write a compelling thesis statement and use it out well in your paper, the five paragraph essay format and why it matters how to use an outline to nearly instantly write the paper itself and techniques for writing an introduction. For your final project, you'll finish expanding the outline you've created into a full essay and please post your completed essays on the community. I'd love to read them, and if you'd like, I can provide feedback as well. Thanks for watching. Don't share. Forget to share your work with the community. Have you have any questions? Please ask them. My goal is to help you be a better writer and I'll hope without in any way. 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