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Unit 1: Planning your essayUnit 2: Structuring paragraphsUnit 3: Introductions & conclusionsUnit 4: Writing persuasivelyUnit 5: Writing cohesively

4. Planning the overall structure

  • ordering your aguments
  Essay structure

Now that you have selected the arguments you are going to use to support your thesis, you need to order your arguments as part of planning the overall structure of your essay.

Your aim is to present your arguments well so that your readers will be convinced of the thoroughness of your research and the strength of your overall approach to the topic.

To do this effectively, you cannot just throw your arguments randomly onto the page. You have to decide on a sequence which will maximise the impact of the hard work you have done so far - in research and reading, in grouping, and in identifying your main arguments. You choose an organising principle.


Go to the next page to view some of the ways you can organise your arguments.