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

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Descriptive

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Narrative

Cause-Effect

Process Essay

Critical Essays

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