Teaching English : How to Write an Essay

Hi, my name is Mike Mitchell, and today I’d
like to explain how to write an essay. In writing an essay, there are three basic parts.
There’s an introduction, the body of the essay, and the conclusion. In an essay, for the introduction,
we generally use what’s called the inverse pyramid, and this is where you start off with
a broad introduction, and you end up with a very specific point, or we often call it
a thesis, at the end of the introduction. The body consists of your arguments or statements,
and then a conclusion will start at a specific point, normally a brief summary of your thesis,
and will generally go back out again, to a broad spectrum. For the body, you have your
choice. You can either have a descriptive essay, or you can have an argumentative, and
for a descriptive essay, you generally are just going to provide information to the reader,
and for an argumentative essay, you’re generally going to debate some point.

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100 Responses

  1. mitsubishi777 says:

    That's splendid!

  2. yangamee says:

    wow…like I knew all this crap. but watching this vid made me feel much more confident!


    didnt learn much

  4. Morahman7vnNo2 says:

    Great, now elaborate on each part of the essay and how to actually write them.

  5. mercerdamon says:

    I like this idea of the triangles.

  6. laubeatz says:

    @aviarybirdie hahhah same!

  7. laubeatz says:

    if i was in his class, id have alot of trouble reading his writing

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  9. Firudin Mukhtarov says:

    I don't know I liked it )) not bad at least if people have no idea what it is ! they can figure out for themselves!

  10. David Lee says:

    this is the most useless 1:34 minutes of tutorial I have ever seen.. lacks any kinds of sophistications beyond the middle school backbone of essay knowledge crudely drawn on the board. High schoolers and college students alike will be turned off from this tutorial if anything.

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  12. oscar lorenzo says:

    wow all that realization for only a little over a minute!

  13. HildeMarie92 says:

    @Swashbuckler hahahahahah indeed

  14. RedNativeRose says:

    @CHMMX lol so did you….descriptive

  15. Van Bich Nguyen says:

    @pierepresentative8 You don't have to use that kind of tone .His intention is good.If it can't help you,just skip it.Don't take other's good intention like trash,ok?

  16. kragier says:

    Why isn't there a type of essay called: grammatically correct.

    I wouldn't want to use apologetic quotation marks.

  17. Briana says:

    ive been "working" on my essay for 3 hours now, ive only got 2 paragraphs done…. I get very distracted haha

  18. FleurOlivia says:

    I know where you're coming from. I think half of the people watching this video should actually be working on their essay but are just desperatly looking for some distraction.

  19. canodel88 says:

    @Nightshade599 YOU'RE SO RIGHT DUDE!!!! hahaha

  20. Olexiy P says:

    Ok so Im not sure if its just me but all the videos/articles on "How To Write An Essay" only really tell you the structure of it rather then teach you how to put your ideas on paper.

  21. Mark Noble says:

    ermm this is all helpfull but isnt it too basic an all… i need to write a business report on bentley for my first year at uni and i doubt this intro body conclusion will helpppp…does anyone know anything else that might help?

  22. waddupgGG says:

    @aviarybirdie ha me too!!

  23. Tareq Arar says:

    @Nightshade599 lol tue

  24. DIFFUSE ONE says:

    it kinda looks like a lil B on top of a D…DODY

  25. h967 says:

    thanks that really helped me out 🙂

  26. Britt Asfeld says:

    This is great for learning how to write an essay! 🙂

  27. Kiz Gm says:

    fair enough…
    how is it that my teacher takes a whole hour to teach that though?

  28. Kumaranata Adi says:


  29. Sarah Haquani says:

    this is wayyy to confusing…

  30. Zaheer Hamid says:

    Great short tutorial man…

  31. Zaheer Hamid says:

    @casadejoey he said that in his explanation…

  32. สุภัทรา บุญยิ่ง says:

    You taught it essay ?

  33. ben1357ful says:

    The drawing look like face, 2 triangle (The Eyes) and the square the mouth

  34. Reem says:

    Can someone please help me correct my english essay? I am not American so my english gramma is not on top, please help me get an A+? 😀

  35. Tom Morgan says:

    I am an English teacher in England… I will look at your essay!

  36. gpgkid says:

    screw of mice and men essays

  37. Reem says:

    @tomandcamillamorgan thank you so much I appreciates you for you help-offering, I never got a chance to send the last essay to you, but I have a new essay till tursday so if you still dosen't mind helping me I can send it to you as soon as I finish it so you can look at it :)? I can send you my email over a personal message on youtube if that is alright? 🙂

  38. robbieraeful says:

    @0ninjaofthedarkness0 Which is why I write my fax to my grandparents each weekend.

  39. Brian Gunn says:

    @shobin05 weirdly!

  40. Farting Squad says:

    thank you very much , i found this helpful 🙂

  41. certise says:

    just watching this because i dont want to write my essay

  42. MrRechingado says:

    I will debate with you in bed :)hehe

  43. Toby Laker says:

    writing this to make mum think im revising lol

  44. Jeng-Chyang Syu says:

    Thank you for reviewing…

  45. Jeffrey Roman says:

    @certise SO TRUEE

  46. youtube the king says:

    thanks qlot but whatabout ideas!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. IzzyBurdett08 says:

    Procastination at its finest

  48. troller123able says:


  49. Karnvir Sidhu says:

    my english teacher last year taught us this, been writing essays with this format ever since.

  50. Ian Leahy says:

    I made some videos about how you can teach basic essay writing to children and teenagers in a fun and creative way.

  51. iRice crew says:

    Thanks so much

  52. friendlywhiteguy says:

    hey bro how did your ged test go, specifically the essay? im doing my test on june 1st.

  53. Zakaria Hysoka says:

    1:34 isn't enough

  54. Juán pérez says:

    thank you for these tips, they are super helpul¡¡¡¡

  55. rachel x says:

    thank you so much! i have just started my bachelor and im scared so this has helped me alot! thank you thankyou

  56. O Y says:

    Tumbs up if you came here because you have a test tomorrow at the HvA!

  57. Krispy Kris says:

    I'm watching this because I don't have anything else to watch 😀

  58. HPHorsepowerful says:

    Shit I have to write a 1000 word essay and I don't know what I'm doing. I have to have it done by tomorrow (June 19) 🙁 🙁 🙁

  59. Haleem barkandi says:

    2marrow my paper 😛

  60. The dark destroyer says:

    ahh…. great tips better than my 5th grade teachers thing.. I hated her..

  61. Lily Jackson says:

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  62. SAUD Al-Dossari says:

    the simplicity of your explaining is fabulous , thank you very much

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    illuminati 😀

  66. Adolf Hitler says:

    SHIT!!! Watching videos about essays for hours and didn't even write a word. It's 11 PM and my essay of for tomorrow! (( IM SCREWED ))

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  68. Kayla Hopkins says:

    my essay involves a 5000 dollar reward for the winner…..i write till the fingas blees

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  70. tellitlkitis says:

    You're good. Thanks

  71. Gazmend Kepuska says:

    Oh so never gone pass this exam 🙂

  72. BeautifulBabyDoll17 says:

    fml .. I dislike writing essays ! my hands all of sudden feel weak whenever I have to write one! lol thanks for the tips now it won't be so hard for me to write mine. 🙂

  73. Sahil N says:

    i was already knowing this…!!

  74. tax deduction says:

    Great job!!thanks

  75. R3p3rcat says:

    i still dont get it >.<



  77. Rizwan Zehri says:

    Love it , but why dont you people tell us , what to write in Conclusion …. i understand the 1st two parts , but how to end the essay any IDEA please ..
    1" Introduction
    2: Body , with wanted method
    3" Conclusion .. which i am not sure what to do ?

  78. Vanessa Wong says:

    Thanks!!! I need this for my exam tmrw!!!

  79. Liz Torres says:

    I cant believe how useful the drawing he did were to deliver the message! thanks!

  80. Ruri Alifia Ramadhani says:

    thanks for sharing! really greaaat for beginner like me. 🙂

  81. Mohamed EL KASSMI says:

    Dream to get a techer like you 😀

  82. Kyle Hughes says:

    Thank you! very informative. 🙂

  83. Thao Nguyen says:

    the lesson is quite short,simple but easy to understand.i am a vietnamese ,i am studying about how to write an essay,i need a more detailed one

  84. Jan Luesink says:

    thanks a lot

  85. PHILIPPsHOME says:

    Thanks allot!
    greetings from Germany

  86. malaak eldmooa says:

    thanks alot 
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  87. kimmeng mao says:

    Thank you a lot

  88. Lune Deslunes says:

    I like this modelisation of this essay. Smart and concise…. Thanks!

  89. Helmuts Feldmanis says:

    I am sorry but You forgot to tel how to write it???

  90. Karim Saad says:

    you are smart and concise thanks a lot

  91. anvar quziev says:

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  94. Arles L. Aburto says:

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  95. Mary Banda says:

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