How to Write a Unified Essay

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Unification in an essay is vital for reader comprehension. Essays lacking cohesiveness confuse the audience and take away from the overall impact of the essay. A unified essay provides direction through a thesis, structured body and relevant conclusion. Writing a unified essay both informs and engages the audience, without losing their attention.

  • Identify an interesting and relevant topic for your essay. Begin by narrowing down the subject from the general to specific.

  • Peruse local libraries for reputable references. When referencing an online source, only draw from sites distinguished by domain name endings such as ".edu", ".gov" or ".org."

  • Draft an outline structuring the introduction, body and conclusion paragraphs. Incorporate a bullet list of information vital to substantiating your topic.

  • Write the first draft of your essay, beginning with the introductory paragraph. State the subject of your essay and why it’s worthy of the audience’s time. Word the central thesis (the claim of the essay) clearly.

  • Draft the body of the essay, reserving a paragraph for each claim of your thesis. Use active grammar to grip your audience’s attention, avoiding passive speed bumps that distort the reader's experience. Incorporate transitional phrases when introducing new ideas or concepts, such as: “furthermore,” “moreover," “notwithstanding” and “likewise."

  • Conclude the essay with a quick wrap-up of the main topic. Restate the thesis and form a solid conclusion based on the evidence provided in your body paragraphs. The last sentence or two should quote a reliable source, or provide an unforgettable quip or observation for the audience to linger on long after putting down the essay.

  • Revise your first draft for grammar and clarity, and check spelling using a word processor. Eliminate unnecessary adverbs and passive language from the text.

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