The Effectiveness of An Essay Alexander Cragg/ Honors English What does it take to create an effective essay This is a hard question to answer, until it is made more specific. Depending upon the type of essay it may be harder, or easier, to create an effective essay. Formal essays are easier to write for most students, because they can make them more effective by using their own voice. If you have to write an argumentative essay the criteria for an effective paper is much different than attempting to create an effective informative essay.

Obviously it there isnt any set way to create an effective essay, unless you know what type of essay you are about to write, then you can develop a basic idea of where you want your essay to go Prisons: Problems and Solutions is an informative essay that addresses the fact that the prisons of the United States are over crowded. The author addresses you with various facts and resources, concerning the increase in convicts. Prisons: Problems and Solutions is probably the most in-effective essay that I have ever read. The author addresses the fact of the overcrowded prisons fairly strait forward, and gets the point across. The composition is terrible.

Sentences are short. Sentences are choppy. Sentences are repetitive. As you have read this is annoying, and hard to read. It makes the reader think that the writer never reread her essay, in order to make it more sensible. The author addresses the problems and presents solutions, hence the title.

Unfortunately all of the problems she presents are all the same, the prisons are over-crowded. So the prisons have too many people, then she provides several solutions for this problem. She never provides any other problems that the penal system faces. Now we all would like to believe that this is the only problem face by the penal system to day, but were not all that dense. This seriously drains the effectiveness of this essay, in the fact that she isnt strong enough in issuing her point of view.

The author knows that the prisons are overcrowded, and she gives several solutions for this problem. Her title says problems, not problem. So she misleads you with her title, leading you to believe that this essay contains more than it does. Construction of an essay is a great under taking that most students dread and fear. To build an essay that is good read and effective in delivering the authors message it must be written in a clear format. Starting with an introduction paragraph that covers the topic of the essay, from broad to specific points on this topic.

Then there should be at least three body paragraphs, each of which address a different point of the main topic. The author will then finish with a conclusive paragraph, that restates the main idea of the introduction going from specific to broad. The author of Prisons: Problems and Solutions completed the body paragraphs rather well, but her introduction and conclusion were rather lame. Her introduction was short, stating only that prisons are overcrowded, and doesnt start broad and go to a specific point.

Saying that prisons are overcrowded is definitely broad, but is she had said that there are problems with the penal system it would have been more general leaving the rest of the introduction more specific. We, as a country, need to find different ways to deal with this continuing problem, are the exact words of the final sentence of her introduction. This isnt specific, the introduction is a flop, it gives no real clue to where the essay is going and how it will get there. The conclusion is worse, it consist of one sentence, that doesnt restate the thesis at all.

All the conclusion does is state that the problem needs to be addressed. Prisons: Problems and Solutions is rather ineffective as an over-all essay. It lacks punch and doesnt relay the message of the author well enough to be convincing. Authors should take more time to review their essays and make sure that they are written clearly and effectively, but in a manner that is easy to understand. To create an effective essay is one of the hardest struggles of being a student, but with a lot of work and effort, any essay can be turned into a master piece.