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What Type of Essay Am I Writing?

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What Type of Essay Am I Writing?

A huge part of writing a successful essay is determining what your teacher or professor wants. (They are pretty much over apples by now.) Some teachers make it easy; some make it hard. Either way, your job is to get a crystal-clear understanding of what this essay is supposed to look like. Determining what type of essay your instructor wants is a great first step.

Most high-school and college writing assignments come in one of three basic flavors: Synthesis, Persuasive/Argument, or Analysis. It might sound like a delicious proposition to swirl the three, but it would probably make things confusing. Review your assignment and the info below to see which type you're writing.