School essays: handling main questions
Essays are a common part of education. Regardless of education level, from about middle school forward, every student can expect to complete a number of essays. And this number only increases with experience and growth. As school progresses, the likelihood of essays increases because instructors need a real means of measuring knowledge beyond simple testing steps.
Typically, when an essay is assigned, topics are discussed as options for writing. Some include specific themes, others include a specific topic that everyone must write about. Still others may pose a question and ask that students address, and ultimately answer, that question within their essay.
Academic Essays – Answering Questions in the Form of an Essay
If your instructor poses a specific question for your essay topic, you must translate that question into an answer and from there establish your thesis statement.
- Verify the question – Make sure that you understand the question that your instructor posed as the main point of your paper. Always write it down if it isn’t provided on a hand out. And discuss your options with peers to determine the scopes that are available using the question as a topic.
- Consider answers – Meeting with peers, discuss the possible answers that could be made in response to the question. Typically, there are many. It is important to consider them all before you determine which answer you would like to tackle in your paper.
- Answer the question – The simple step of answering the question, to the best of your knowledge, is what will be most helpful in determining how you handle the overall topic. You answer to the question will correlate directly with your thesis. In large part, your answer will be your thesis as it will be the argument you need to back up to support your answer.
- Research – Using your answer, start your research. Find supporting evidence that will prove your answer to be accurate. Sources should be scholarly and credible – avoid references that you can’t track or credit. And always be wary of sources from non-professionals that don’t have reference material specifically detailed.
- Write – Using your answer as your thesis statement, begin writing your paper. You should have at least three different supporting points that back up your thesis. Using documented sources, and at least three arguments to show why your answer is correct, you will be able to completely answer the question that was posed to the class.