An essay is an organized form of writing that focuses on the development of a thesis or the development of an idea. American students learn how to write a standard five-paragraph essay when they are in middle school and high school. An essay includes an introductory paragraph, supporting paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph. Professional writers and academics write longer forms of essays that are published in journals, magazines, and online publications. Essays have a long history in English literature, going back as far as the 1500s. If you want to improve your ability to communicate in English, it’s useful to practice writing essays.

  • The teacher assigned her students an essay.
  • The students had to write an essay on how a personal interest in a hobby or sport has made a positive impact on their lives.
  • Many students struggle when it comes to writing essays.
  • Some teachers give essay tests.
  • Maria was given a B+ on her essay.
  • The Atlantic is a magazine that features several essays in each issue.
  • Henry David Thoreau is considered to be one of the greatest American essayists.
  • Have you ever written an essay?


She’s working on an essay assignment.


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This page was published on May 15, 2017.