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HIMALAYA SUMMIT
Writing an Analytical Essay
1. Understand Your Issue
2. Understand Your Question
3. Take a Position
4. Be Able to Support Your
Position!
Develop 3 Reasons for Support
Each reason will be the main focus of your three
body paragraphs for your analytical essay
ESSAY FORMAT
INTRODUCTION
BODY PARAGRAPH: Reason #1
BODY PARAGRAPH: Reason #2
BODY PARAGRAPH: Reason #3
CONCLUSION
THE INTRODUCTION
1. An explanation or summary which shows that
you understand the question.
2. A THESIS STATEMENT - this does not have to
be the first sentence!!!
3. Your introduction paragraph should offer a
ROAD MAP as an explanation of the direction your
essay will take.
THESIS STATEMENT
Writing a thesis statement…..
One sentence
Tells reader what the question is about
Establishes the POV (point of view) the writer is
taking
Sets the mood for the paper
Prepares the reader for fact and details that follow
BODY PARAGRAPHS
Topical Transition or Hook Sentence
States your main reasons of support in each
paragraph
Contains clear development of your points or
arguments
DETAILS!!!
End paragraph with a closing sentence
CONCLUSION
A clear statement of the answer to the
question
A summary of the points made in the essay
A reiteration of the strongest points
Summarize how information in body
paragraphs proves your point
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Use third person (avoid “I”, “We”, “you”, “they”)
Include ideas, points, or evidence which give, in your
opinion, the best and most accurate answer to the
questions
Arrange points in order which make logical sense
Always edit and proofread
Be sure to type and use 1.5 spacing
GOOD LUCK!!!
Don’t
Plagiarize