An Essay without a structure is a waste of time and energy. Good essay structure or outline helps to guide you as the writer and help the reader understand easily. Most academic works can range from about 500 to 3000 words and they follow a similar structure. The first and last paragraphs are the introduction and conclusion respectively. The number of paragraphs in between depends on how many points you, as the writer, are bringing up. i.e three paragraphs represent three points.
Introduction: The point of the introduction is to tell the reader what your essay will be about. It must give some background on the problem or issue you’re talking about and clearly explain what your answer is. Your answer may also be called your position, thesis, or main argument, depending on your level or school. It must be straight to point. An introductory paragraph may look like this.
Body: In the body of the essay, you fully explain your point of view. Each body paragraph should have one main idea or claim that is supported by relevant examples and evidence from the body of scholarly work on your topic (i.e. academic books and journal articles). Your argument is made up of the parts that make up the body paragraphs.
Conclusion: A conclusion aims to bring together the main ideas that were talked about in the body of the work. But a good ending does more than just that. You could think about what the topic means in a bigger picture, make some prediction, warning or even suggestions on how to deal with the issue, and end by talking about how important the issue.
Note: While all essays must include an introduction, body paragraphs that support the argumentative thesis statement, and a conclusion, academic essays can take several different approaches to a topic. The following are examples of common papers assigned in high school, college, and post-graduate classes: