1. Background – Tell the reader a little about the subject of the essay. If the
essay is about a book, summarise the plot in a couple of sentences. If it is
about a war, explain maybe where and when it took place.
2. The points of view – Explain the two (or more) points of view. You could do
this simply by inserting the essay question you have been given (eg “Should
Dr Jekyll have begun experimenting with his own body and mind?”), although
it is often better to elaborate a little.
3. Structure – Explain in what order you are going to write about things, and – if
you wish – what you believe yourself.
Pros / For Cons /Against
(you can discuss these first if you feel
the essay reads better)
1. Summarise the points you have covered in your essay
2. Say what you believe.
3. Make sure you refer back to what you said in the introduction as much as
possible. For example: “As I explained in the introduction, I first detailed the
arguments against…” or “As I stated in the introduction, I firmly believe