Essay Structure

Writing an essay seems easy, but it is in fact a demanding task. You need to keep up with correct sentencing, writing in a creative way, formatting it correctly, including all important quotations, bibliography, conclusion and more. So what is a correct essay structure? Keep reading to find out.

*Note: The traditional essay is the one with 5 well-structured paragraphs.

Introduction & Introductory Paragraph

The Introduction will contain a single paragraph which must be very concise and engaging the reader into what you are going to discuss in your essay. Your introduction will be persuasive, trying to make the reader want to find out more, to read the essay in its entirety. In the last sentence of the paragraph, you will try to do your best to “move” the reader’s eyes to the next paragraph of your essay (to the body structure of your essay)

The Essay Body

The Body of a traditional essay consists of 3 perfectly structured paragraphs. The most significant example or theme will be discussed in the first paragraph of the essay body. In this paragraph you will introduce the reader into the world of you topic, not giving away too many clues but still making clear a few important points of your essay. In the last sentence of this paragraph you will try somehow to move again the reader to go on to the next stage (the second Body paragraph)

The second paragraph of the Essay Body comprises the strongest arguments, and here you will use strong, vivid and emotional words to discuss your main theme, to make your observations. Please keep in mind that a paragraph consists of no more than 5,6 sentences so you need to be concise and extremely coherent because you don’t want to “lose” the reader between the lines.

The third paragraph of the Body is a sort of conclusion to the other two paragraphs. This is not yet the final conclusion so restrain yourself from using your most forte argumentative points here. You will just need to bring to closure your topic, but still leaving the reader with a few open question marks. This is the point when the reader will feel the urge to finally read your closing statement, which takes us to the conclusion.

*Note: Regardless of the type of essay you are writing- Narrative, Descriptive, Argumentative- they can all follow the same Essay Structure. You will just need to use different writing styles, but the paper or essay structure will be the sane with 5 major paragraphs.


This is the last part of your essay, the closing statement. Now, if you write an Expository essay for example you can leave the conclusion open-ended. This means you will let the reader make his own assumptions whether or not what you write is correct, ethical, etc. On the other hand, if you are writing a Narrative Essay, you will use the conclusion to make closure, to expose your point of view. Then, the reader will decide for himself whether or not he/she agrees with your point of view.