However, students can avoid the discomfort often associated with essay writing by understanding some common genres.
Before delving into its various genres, let’s begin with a basic definition of the essay.
Describe the primary argument and provide supporting details and evidence.
Topic Sentence: A shorter school year would benefit students and teachers by giving them more time off.
Thesis: The first time I participated in a competitive swim meet, I finished in last place.
With more focused training and coaching, I was able to finish 2nd in the State Championship meet.
Thesis: Competitive swimming is a great alternative to other youth sports.
Introduce your primary persuasive argument and provide supporting details.
Summary: The Modes of Discourse—Exposition, Description, Narration, Argumentation (EDNA)—are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes.
Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the wide spread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them.