Module Objectives

This module on essay structure provides descriptions of desirable structural features of a completed essay. It describes the importance of:

  • understanding that an essay’s structure should be guided by its purposes
  • developing focused and coherent paragraphs including topic sentences, transitions, introductory and concluding paragraphs
  • constructing sentences that communicate an essay’s meaning clearly to its reader
  • using direct and indirect quotations appropriately
  • understanding how outlines can assist in essay organization
  • following a consistent plan for formatting an essay

Suggestions regarding the writing process – how one would produce a well- structured essay – can be found in the Writing Strategies module.