What are five requirements for an essay?

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wordprof eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After years of teaching, reading, and discussion, English teachers everywhere have found these five basic necessities for a successful essay:

   1. A thesis statement—a clear and direct statement of a point of view to be defended;

    2. A structure of development that includes an introductory paragraph, a set of support paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph;

    3. A clear and logical statement of evidence for each support paragraph;

    4.  A closing final paragraph that concludes with a closing summation that is a restatement of the thesis statement;

    5.  Conformity with standard formal grammar—sentence structure, agreement of tense, number, etc.

 These five elements are the necessities; an essay that effectively argues its point will excel in each of these areas—strong, interesting, unusual thesis; argued with convincing evidence, statistics, authoritative quotations, etc.; full use of a rich vocabulary, including connotation, sophisticated sentence structure with subordinate clauses, expressive modifiers, etc.; and a brilliant rephrasing of the thesis in the final paragraph.

robbymanis | Student

I think wordprof got it, but are you referring to introduction paragraph, body paragraph one, body paragraph two, body paragraph three, closing? Those are five essential parts to a pursuasive essay.