A Collection of Peter Maurin's Easy Essays
Politics Is Politics
Classes And Clashes
Teachers Of Subjects
The Age Of Treason
Church And State
A Modern Pest
Shouting With Rotarians
The Duty of Hospitality
Feeding the Poor at a Sacrifice
A Radical Change
Guild System - 1200 A.D.
Roman Law - 1300 A.D.
Middle-Man - 1400 A.D.
Calvinism - 1530 A.D.
Banker - 1600 A.D.
Manufacturer - 1700 A.D.
Economist - 1800 A.D.
World War - 1914
World Depression - 1929
God And Mammon
Usurers Are Not Gentlemen
The Fallacy Of Saving
The Wisdom Of Giving
Share Your Wealth
Why Not Be A Beggar?
Passing The Buck
Houses Of Hospitality
Servants Of The Poor
Scholars And Workers
Social Workers and Workers
Rich And Poor
What Is Communism?
To Be A Marxist
Karl Marx Soon Realized
The Communist Manifesto
They And We
The C.P. And C.M.
What Labor Needs
Three Ways To Make A Living
Capital And Labor
Selling their Labor
What Makes Man Human
Better Or Better Off
Big Shots And Little Shots
Christianity, Capitalism, Communism
Looking At Property
What Saint Francis Desired
On The Level
No Pleasure In Work
Industrialism And Art
From A Chinese
Regard For The Soil
Up To Catholics
What The Unemployed Need
Professors Of A Farming Commune
Laborers Of A Farming Commune
What The Communists Say They Believe
What The Fascists Say They Believe
What The Socialists Say They Believe
What The Democrats Say They Believe
What the Catholic Worker Believes
Right Or Wrong
As a college student, I majored in journalism. That means I have a lot of experience in all types of writing. In order to major in a communications-related field, students must take a rigorous schedule of English courses, which means a whole lot of essay writing.
I quickly adapted a method of essay writing, which I believe simplifies and streamlines the process.
What’s the trick? Instead of sitting down and writing an essay, from start to finish, as many students do, it’s much easy (and way less time consuming) to do all of your research beforehand, placing each item into a basic outline.
From there, the outline contains all of the information you need to create your essay and, the essay essentially writes itself.
The only work left will be filler writing to explain your thought processes.
Here’s how you can format your essay outline (Note: the example below has three paragraphs, but additional paragraphs can be added as necessary.):
I. Introduction paragraph:
a. What you’d like to discuss within your introduction paragraph
b. Quotes or references, if any
II. Thesis statement: What’s the main point of your essay? Decide what you want to convey in your essay and put it into words. Your entire essay will revolve around this point, so make sure you’re clear and concise in your phrasing. (This is usually placed near the end of your introduction paragraph.)
III. First paragraph topic that supports your thesis
a. List supporting quotes/references: Find quotes from reputable sources that support what you’ve stated within your thesis and that relate to your first paragraph topic.
IV. Second paragraph topic that supports your thesis
a. List supporting quotes/references: Find quotes from reputable sources that support what you’ve stated within your thesis and that relate to your second paragraph topic.
V. Third paragraph topic that supports your thesis
a. List supporting quotes/references: Find quotes from reputable sources that support what you’ve stated within your thesis and that relate to your third paragraph topic.
VI. Conclusion paragraph: Note what you’d like to say within your conclusion paragraph. Your conclusion paragraph should detail how you are going to unite the topics from your aforementioned topics and weave them together into one solid point. Students commonly mistake a conclusion paragraph as a summary paragraph when, in fact, it’s really an opportunity to drive home your argument. Your conclusion should round out your essay and unite your paragraphs together, solidifying your thesis.
a. Additional quotes or references, if any
VII. List all citations: As you find each quote or reference to include within your essay, make sure to cite each reference, so you won’t have to scramble at the end to go back to your sources to see where you found each quotation. List each citation on your outline so it’s already finished before you even complete your essay. That way, it’s one less thing to worry about.
By following this outline format, the work of your essay is already clearly mapped out ahead of time. You already know what you want to say and how you’re going to say it and you have all of the support to back up each theory.
This method takes the stress out of essay writing because it eliminates guesswork; struggling for the right idea or argument and helps you ensure your thesis is strong. If you’re not able to easily fill out the outline, your thesis isn’t strong or clear enough and your essay topic will likely not be a winner as a result.
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