What is an essay? | Intro to Essay Writing | English Language eBook

What is an essay? | Intro to Essay Writing | English Language eBook

What is an essay?

An essay is an extended piece of writing on a topic. Since it is a written piece of work we need to explain to the reader everything that we know about the topic. Hence we need to brainstorm our ideas then plan what we are going to write about. An essay has three parts: an introduction, body and conclusion. There are many different types of essays, some that give information, others are meant to persuade or convince, while some are to entertain.

Types of Essays

There are several types of essays. Here is a table of the different types of essays that one can write. Each type of essay is done with a specific purpose in mind.

Type

Purpose

Examples

Argumentative / Persuasive

To convince or persuade the reader about a particular belief or position

Argumentative

Debates

Speeches

Expository

Informative or offers an explanation on how to do something

Informative

Giving directions

Recipes

Operations manual

Factual

Presents facts or gives evidence about an event or occurrence

Reports

Statistical reports

Story

To entertain

Stories