Essay tip #2: Structuring essay content

19 03 2011

1. Structuring content according to aspects

It is common for us to structure essays according to the aspects of our content. Is greater connectedness is more of a threat than a promise? Perhaps the main body of our essay might explore the following:

Paragraph 1: Is globalisation is more of a threat economically?
Paragraph 2: Is globalisation is more of a threat culturally?
Paragraph 3: Is globalisation is more of a threat politically?

However, there are many other methods of structuring the content of your essay, and, depending on the question, this might make for a more sophisticated essay. For example:

2. Structuring essays according to big ideas

Paragraph 1: Is greater empowerment caused by globalisation more of a threat?
Paragraph 2: Is greater exchange of information more of a threat?
Paragraph 3: Is greater freedom of choice more of a threat?

3. Structuring essays according to yardsticks/criteria

Paragraph 1: If  the threats can be effectively managed, is globalisation more of a threat?
Paragraph 2: If threats are multi-causal (and not due to globalisation alone), is globalisation more of a threat?
Paragraph 3: If the threats only exist in the short run, but the promises persist in the long run, is globalisation more of a threat?

So the next time you plan your essay, do consider whether other approaches to structuring your content could add a touch of sophistication to your essay.


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