Styles of Essays

An essay is a short piece of writing that discusses, describes or analyzes one topic. It can range in length from one paragraph to more than twenty. It can be about anything, and be written in almost any style. It can be serious or funny, straight-forward or symbolic. It can describe personal opinions, or just report information.

The Structure of an Essay

Common Types of Essays

Argumentative

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Comparison/Contrast

Links:

  • Writing the Comparison and Contrast Essay (College of DuPage)

Definition

Descriptive

Links:

  • Writing Descriptions (Purdue University)

Narrative

Cause-Effect

Process Essay

  • Process Essays

Critical Essays

Links:

  • Writing Critiques (University of Louisville)

General Essay Links