The basis of academic writing is the formal essay, so let's learn the definition of a formal essay, review the general format, and explore some specific examples.
Writing formal essays tests your ability to conform to a particular style. In formal essay writing, your ability to follow a set structure is as important as Essay Structure Because essays are essentially linearthey offer one idea at a timethey must present their ideas in the order that makes most sense to a reader. Successfully structuring an essay means attending to a reader's logic. An excellent formal essay will have a clear structure. Such an essay will typically start with a broad discussion of realworld phenomena and move quickly to the thesis its main argument or the subject.
The Elements and Structure of a Formal Essay. In this class, we will be asking you to use the writing process to write formal, college level essays. In addition to certain stylistic elements we will discuss separately, formal essays must have four basic elements if they are to be successful: ACADEMIC ESSAY STRUCTURES& FORMATS Standard American argumentative essays begin with an introduction that gives a main point (thesis).
The thesis is supported by a series of body paragraphs with subpoints, and the essay ends with a conclusion. Below is a visual representation of this structure, adapted from