The Art of Essay Writing


Guest lecture by Ms. Keerthana Kalla , Grade 12 student from Redmond, USA

Note: Recorded Video links in the bottom of this page.

What is the definition of an essay?

An essay is a group of paragraphs written about a single topic and a central main idea. It must have at least three paragraphs, but a five-paragraph essay is a common length for academic writing. Essentially, an essay is an organized collection of your ideas about literary texts which is nicely written and presented. You are writing to convey your ideas with supported evidence to persuade your audience to come over to your side of the argument.



Four types of essays

  • Narrative
  • Descriptive
  • Expository
  • Persuasive


What is the purpose of a Narrative writing?

  • Why are you telling the story?
  • Does it have a theme?
  • Make a point! Think of this as a thesis of your story. If there is no point, you are not going to engage your audience
  • Creativity in narrative essays often times manifests itself in the form of your perspective



What is the purpose of expository?

  • To explain all sides of an argument without taking sides
  • Inform by examining both sides of an issue
  • Balanced discussion of different views
  • To present pros and cons so readers can make up their minds
  • Share knowledge


What is the purpose of the persuasive essay?

  • An argument follows when two groups disagree about something
  • Persuade the reader to agree with you
  • Argue that you point of view is correct, but! With accurate evidence!
  • Write objectively, logically, and respectfully
  • Sway your audience
  • Use convincing language!


What is the purpose of the Descriptive essay?

  • To describe a person, place, or thing in such way that a picture is formed into the reader’s mind
  • It does not tell the reader that the flower is beautiful, it “shows” them how the flower is beautiful
  • Paying close attention to the details by using the all of your five senses
  • It can also describe what something is, or how something happened
  • These essays usually use a lot of sensory detail


Guess the type of writing it is!




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