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Help Typing an Essay for a College Ethics Class?
« on: August 28, 2015, 03:17:59 pm »
Title pretty much says it all. I've never really typed a serious essay, much less one for a college class.
  • Where do I start?
  • What do I do when I start?
  • Is there any sort of template or paragraph structure I should know about?
  • And what format do I use for referencing sources?

Secondly, I want to know, how exactly do develop a basis for moral reasoning? I know how I developed mine, but I'm not exactly an average person, so I wanna know how people are at least slightly less completely insane compared to me. And I'm not making very much progress on search engines Maybe I'm looking too hard, so if anyone has links or can explain how they developed their sense of moral reasoning or beliefs, it'd be greatly appreciated.

I'm probably just freaking out, but I'm under a lot of pressure with a completely full schedule and multiple college courses, and I just can't take all the pressure that's being put on me... but this bit is probably better suited to the Teen Health section
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Re: Help Typing an Essay for a College Ethics Class?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2015, 09:18:29 pm »
Well, the most basic format for an essay would be

Opening Paragraph
Body Paragraph
Body Paragraph
Body Paragraph

Three body paragraphs (each their own argument or point), is probably the minimum, and depending on the requirements, you can end up having to do a lot more.

Now, What I would suggest doing is an outline.

Decide what you want to write about, and organize it into points, and maybe some sub points.

If you're struggling to write an opening paragraph, then start with a body paragraph, and go back to the opening later. Always end your opening paragraph with a thesis statement, Which is really about one sentence clearly stating what you're going to be talking about, then you elaborate on that throughout your paper.

Tip: Paragraphs should be at least five sentences. I usually do more for bodies, and less for openings. But at least 5 sentences is recommended by teachers. But definitely write more if you're able. I haven't written a five sentence paragraph since 10th grade probably.

As for referencing sources, the teacher should tell you what format. MLA and APA are the most common ones. can help you format that correctly.

As for the moral reasoning thing, do you mean how to establish a moral reasoning in a paper??
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Re: Help Typing an Essay for a College Ethics Class?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2015, 12:12:46 am »
Is this just a standard (5 paragraph) essay or a full-on research paper (commonly over 10 pages)? That will make a huge difference.
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