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A VISUAL GUIDE TO
ESSAY WRITING

Dr Valli Rao, Associate Professor Kate Chanock, and Dr Lakshmi
Krishnan use a visual approach to walk students through the most important processes in essay writing for university: formulating, refining, and expressing academic argument.

‘MetamorTHESIS‘
Your main argument or thesis is your position in answer to the essay question. It changes and develops as you undertake your reading and research towards the essay.

how to develop & communicate academic argument “I love the way the authors explain what an argument is. I also love the way they justify holding opinions in an academic context … A
Visual Guide to Essay Writing shows you excellently how to communicate with your marker by employing your ‘authorial voice’.”

- Dr Alastair Greig
Head, School of Social Sciences
The Australian National University

Valli Rao
Kate Chanock
Lakshmi Krishnan

“This is a great book ... clear, useful, beautifully conceived and produced ... an intriguing approach, one that will make sense to students and really assist their essay writing skills.”
- Brigid Ballard & John Clanchy authors of the international best-seller

Essay writing for students: a practical guide

How effective structure supports reasoned argument in essays1
Discipline/field
Topic
Underlying question

Introduce discipline/field/context and topic

Roughly,
10–15%
of essay length Why is this topic interesting from the perspective of the discipline/field?
[also consider how interested you are in the topic]

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Focus
As necessary, indicate relevant debate, previous research, problem, definitions, scope in time & place, etc

Signpost structure of argument
Tell the reader the sequence of your sections/ issues in the body of your essay

Indicate thesis statement
(your main line of argument)…...

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