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Discursive Essay: Top Writing Tips and Recommendations

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Discursive Essay: What Is It?

A discursive essay is a piece of formal writing that presents a discussion on a particular topic.

Discursive Essay: Structure

  • Introduction – in this section the topic to be discussed is clearly stated.
  • Main body – it consists of several paragraphs, which describe a particular exemplified or justified point.
  • Conclusion – the main points of the essay are summarized; the author’s opinion is stated/restated; balanced consideration of the topic is provided.

Discursive Essay: Main Types

1. Opinion essay requires author’s opinion on a topic which is stated in the introductory paragraph. It should be clearly presented and followed by reasons and/or supporting examples. Also this essay paper should contain an opposing argument that comes before the conclusion. The writer must explain readers why mentioned argument is considered to be unconvincing. The writer’s opinion should be restated/summarized in the conclusion.

2. For and Against Essay provides readers with a thorough debate on the topic with the help of opposing points of view. Each point should be discussed objectively and described in details. The introductory paragraph puts the topic under consideration. Main body of this essay paper should present examples, reasons and arguments supported by justifications. The author’s own opinion with a balanced reflections on the topic should be stated only in the conclusion.

3. Essay Suggesting Solution to a Problem discusses problems and finds main solutions. Introduction paragraph clearly states a problem and analyses its causes and consequences. Main body of the essay should offer some suggestions for a possible solution to the problem and state possible consequences or expected results. In conclusion, author’s opinion should be distinctly summarized.

Discursive Essay: Basic Do’s

  • Write in formal, impersonal style
  • Introduce each point in a separate paragraph
  • Use topic sentences for each paragraph
  • Write well-developed paragraphs
  • Give reasons and examples for each point
  • Use sequencing
  • Use linking words and phrases
  • Make references to other sources
  • Identify used sources

Discursive Essay: Basic Don’ts

  • Don’t use short forms
  • Don’t use informal/colloquial language
  • Don’t use very emotional language
  • Don’t use over-generalizations
  • Don’t express your personal opinion too insistently
  • Don’t refer to statistics without proper referencing
  • Don’t use personal examples

Good luck with your discussions and discursive essays! Be sure to check out the articles on our blog for more academic wisdom!

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5 Comments
  • avatar haya Posted: April 18, 2009 in 3:55 am

    wow this really helped me thanks
    PS. i got an A+ on my exam!!

  • avatar Marquerite Carter Posted: October 16, 2011 in 5:13 am

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    • avatar Jane McKinsey Posted: October 16, 2011 in 10:52 pm

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  • avatar Karen H. Posted: February 22, 2012 in 9:08 am

    Great info on a discursive essay! Especially for do’s and dont’s! This guide will help me avoid common mistakes that students make when writing their discursive essays!

  • avatar George Lehman Posted: March 6, 2012 in 9:54 am

    Thanks for informing everything about a discursive essay. Now I have general information which will help me while I’ll be working on my discursive essay! Have a great day!


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