Writing an essay can be a bit exhausting, for a college student. There are guidelines to follow for each different type of essay, and it can be complex, to keep them all in order. Have a look at these types of essays and remind yourself of what the rules are for each one of them.
THE EXPOSITORY ESSAY
This category is the largest, so we will dispense it first. The whole point of an exposition is to explain something, and that is what makes this category so broad. Listed down, however, the sub-categories are self-explanatory, and when assigning this type of essay, the instructors will always refer to the sub-category.
- Basic Explanation: In this category, you are required to explain some process. In high school, you might have been asked to write an essay explaining the process of photosynthesis or the method by which a bean germinates. These are straight-forward topics, and the approach will be pretty equitable – you probably wouldn’t be able to present a subjective argument that photosynthesis is bad or good.
- Definition: Now we move out of the realm of total objectivity because chances are you will not be requested to define the term “motorbike” or “dog.” No, definition essays have more conceptual topics, such as love, justice, etc. Because we all have our own different experiences, definitions of philosophical, terms will differ, and such an essay may include a definition, dictionary and then a more personalized one.
- Cause/Effect: Remember, in a cause/effect essay; you are still explaining something. For example, your educator said, “Discuss the causes of the third world war,” or “What were the causes and effects of the Maji Maji rebellion?” You will need to list and explain each cause and effect.
THE DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY
This type of essay is rather unique. There are no descriptions of scenes, physical appearances of characters within all the action and dialogue. If you have a look at those descriptions, you will realize that they are written to appeal to the reader’s senses. A reader can know what is being described since he/she is provided with the “picture” of events.
THE NARRATIVE ESSAY
In the narrative essay, an example of a narrative assignment is, “Describe the day you will never forget.” You will receive multiple essays where you will choose your perfect topic, and there you go. You will take an episode of experience and come up with an essay that is innovatively written, irresistible and, captivating.
THE COMPARISON/CONTRAST ESSAY
In this essay, you are required to represent the similarities and differences between things, situations, places, and even people, periodically, more than two things will be compared or contrasted. For example, “What are the similarities and differences among the various groups that are found in a high school?” Here you would be required to fix your groups into intersecting circles so that the spaces in which all circles share in common are those things that are similar. Preps, stoners– these are some of the groups you might come up with. You will then have to develop some measure by which you will compare and contrast these groups. What is each group likely to do on the weekends? How does each group dress? How about language? You probably get the point.
THE PERSUASIVE/ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY
In such an essay, you will need to take a position on an issue and support that position, using factual data (research).The distinction between the persuasive and argumentative essay is that: In a persuasive essay, you state your stand, and then you defend it while in an argumentative essay, you must also include the opposing viewpoint and attempt to tarnish it, as best you can. The other difference is that the argumentative essay is more strenuous to organize.