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Body showing Introduction, Support, and ConclusionIn this unit you are going to learn about the basic structure and parts of an essay. Lesson 1 focuses on the introduction, Lesson 2 explains the body of the essay, and Lesson 3 provides information about the conclusion.

Each unit in this course focuses on one particular type of essay. The focus of Unit 1 is an illustrative essay, which is a common essay style used in academic writing. The purpose of an illustrative essay is to explain an idea, a situation, or a concept using examples. The illustrative essay is also called an explanation or expository essay.

Unit Objectives

By the end of this unit you will be able to:

  • Identify the parts of an essay
  • Write strong and effective thesis statements
  • Identify different types of introductory paragraphs
  • Identify different supporting paragraph formats
  • Identify different types of concluding paragraphs
  • Write an illustrative essay