Essays are used both in school and university as well as for something like a job application. Essays can be very time consuming, but planning how it will be written can reduce the amount of time it takes dramatically! An essay plan is a great way to begin a written assignment, particularly if you're unsure of what you'll do. It allows you to plan a direction, and best of all, the more you practice planning an essay, the quicker it will be!
Time: 5 minutes
Materials Your essay question
a blank word document (or a pen, highlighter and some paper, depending on how you like to work)
some research, or if its an English essay, the book you're writing about.
Write down your essay question largely.
High light any key terms, such as "analyse", "compare", "contrast" or anything you might need to define, for example, "globalization" or "security".
Using the 5 paragraph method, divide up your word count. The 5 paragraph method includes an introduction, a conclusion and 3 main paragraphs. Alternatively you might like to divide your main body by the key terms in a University essay.
Breaking up the word count
Write your topic sentences for each paragraph in the body. A good topic sentence states the point the paragraph will make, but in a general way.
Write down, under the appropriate topic sentences, some quotes to support your points in the paragraph.
Your essay plan is now complete! All that's left to do now is write your quotes into the paragraphs and flesh out your introduction and conclusion.