Writing an Essay

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CHAPTER 10 Writing an Essay Chapter Goal: Write a clear, organized essay that includes an engaging introduction, supportive body paragraphs, and an effective conclusion. T I C K E T This ticket entitles those who have mastered the essay to move freely within the academic world, to express themselves in a way that professors will respect, and to modify the essay format to fit any type of academic writing. ou are about to meet a form of writing that offers a ticket to just about anywhere in the academic world. When you master the fundamentals of the essay, you master a form of writing that can be used to express an opinion, analyze a poem, or compare two methods of government. Shrunk down a bit, it can be used to answer a question on an essay test or an employment application. Expanded a bit, it can be used to write a research paper, a term paper, or even a master’s thesis. Even this textbook is, in many ways, an expansion of the essay format. Y ISBN 1-256-69932-2 172 172 172 Wordsmith: A Guide to Paragraphs and Short Essays, Fifth Edition, by Pamela Arlov. Published by Longman. Copyright © 2012 by Pearson Education, Inc. 173 Focus on the Essay: Beginning to End , which featured Heath Ledger as the Joker and Aaron Eckhart as TwoFace, is considered perhaps the best Batman movie to date. The movie opens as the Joker robs a bank and continues with the villain robbing mob bosses of their money. Then the movie develops into the classic Batman versus Joker struggle that defines many Batman stories. Though the basic plot is a familiar one, the movie is wildly entertaining. Why? The answer is that while the movie’s structure may have been typical, the set-up, action, and ending were unexpected, well scripted, and well acted. These elements made the movie fun to watch. Writing an essay is much like creating a movie: You need a beginning scene

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