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Kinds of Essays

by May L

An essay is a short piece of writing. It is often written from an author's personal point of view. The definition of an essay is vague, overlapping with those of an article and a short story.

In recent times, essays have become a major part of a formal education. Secondary students are taught structured essay formats to improve their writing skills, and essays are often used by universities in selecting applicants. In both secondary and tertiary education, essays are used to judge the mastery and comprehension of material. Students are asked to explain, comment on, or assess a topic of study in the form of an essay.

Academic essays are usually more formal than literary ones. They may still allow the presentation of the writer's own views, but this is done in a logical and factual manner, with the use of the first person often discouraged.

Kinds of Essays

Definition Essay

When you are writing a definition essay, you take a term or an idea and write about what it is. Often, definitions are combined with classification or other forms of organization in the essay. You need to give a careful definition of the key term before going on to discuss different types or examples.

Classification Essay

In a classification essay, you separate things or ideas into specific categories and discuss each of them. You organize the essay by defining each classification and by giving examples of each type.

Description Essay

In a description essay, you write about what a person, place, or thing is like. You organize the essay by describing different parts or aspects of the main subject.

Compare and Contrast

In a compare and contrast essay, you write about the similarities and differences between two or more people, places, or things. You can organize the essay by writing about one subject first and then comparing it with the second subject. A more effective way is to organize the essay by comparing each subject by category.

Sequence Essay

In a sequence essay, you are writing to describe a series of events or a process in some sort of order. Usually, this order is based on time. You organize the essay by writing about each step of the process in the order it occurred.

Choice Essay

In a choice essay, you need to choose which object, idea, or action that you prefer. You organize the essay by describing each option and then giving your opinion.

Explanation Essay

In an explanation essay, you explain how or why something happens or has happened. You need to explain different causes and effects. You should organize the essay by explaining each individual cause or effect.

Evaluation Essay

In an evaluation essay, you make judgments about people, ideas, and possible actions. You make your evaluation based on certain criteria that you develop. Organize the essay by discussing the criteria you used to make your judgment.

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    rahasan
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    rahasanThu, 06 Nov 2014 15:54:02 -0000

    We need some example with kinds of essay.

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    mimi_fabonaMon, 15 Sep 2014 07:08:40 -0000

    nice i like it!!!!!!!! :)

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    rahasanThu, 06 Nov 2014 15:57:38 -0000

    Can you text me kinds of essay with some perfect example? please!

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    mary_joyce_Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:07:57 -0000

    can you give me some kinds of essay with examples!?

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    jgescreenMon, 16 Sep 2013 17:53:22 -0000

    what about this kind i been confuse base that i read this kind is it belong?
    "The kinds of
    essays that are most commonly given to
    students include : expository essay,
    persuasive essay, informal essay, the
    review , research essay, literary essay ,
    expository essay , argumentative essay,
    expository essay , compare and contrast
    essay."

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    mobinjjWed, 13 Mar 2013 10:48:54 -0000

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    cha chaTue, 12 Feb 2013 09:09:23 -0000

    hahahahaha <3

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    MarzkieWed, 30 Jan 2013 12:30:04 -0000

    ahmmm…. Whats an argumentative essay? and can you give some example… please and thank you … :DD

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    kimella_bffMon, 28 Jan 2013 08:39:17 -0000

    just like me i'm a student . it can hep us students very much.<3

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    RegisramSun, 13 Jan 2013 10:25:16 -0000

    now we can know what essay we write bec. of this.

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    wewweWed, 29 Aug 2012 16:03:24 -0000

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    cute21Thu, 16 Feb 2012 13:08:42 -0000

    how many kinds of essay have ? :"))

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    kinds of essayWed, 14 Mar 2012 00:55:14 -0000

    8 kinds of essay

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    gem gonsodenTue, 07 Feb 2012 05:08:08 -0000

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    lotlotFri, 03 Feb 2012 00:48:39 -0000

    thank u very much its very useful.

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    nacario laicaTue, 24 Jan 2012 10:55:36 -0000

    i like this essay

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    mawiTue, 17 Jan 2012 10:39:31 -0000

    this is sick

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    joy_wildWed, 11 Jan 2012 11:17:35 -0000

    i' like this essay bec. of this i learn more what is essay….

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    miketThu, 05 Jan 2012 13:46:48 -0000

    great help thanks

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    abel_777Thu, 05 Jan 2012 10:23:58 -0000

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    beautyfulThu, 04 Aug 2011 06:07:35 -0000

    cant yuo provide a two kinds of essay

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    jheana balautaThu, 30 Jun 2011 01:17:03 -0000

    can you provide the examples of essay in question form?

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    oboniSat, 23 Apr 2011 13:10:05 -0000

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    pink_roseTue, 01 Feb 2011 05:47:27 -0000

    can you possibly provide the examples of essay in question form?
    i do find essay writing fun and interesting…

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    wildrSat, 29 Jan 2011 14:30:53 -0000

    i have got great benefit from this subject but i went the application of this rules example

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    rienzoWed, 26 Jan 2011 04:24:48 -0000

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    albakaiWed, 07 Apr 2010 08:54:17 -0000

    coud you possiblly provide us with examples of the different kinds of essays (format)

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