How to write a nuanced essay

Order of paragraphs / examples when writing essays

Abstract: In an essay that aims to convince the reader and make an impact on it (which also includes a logic flow), is it more effective to use the larger social example in the first paragraph and the smaller, more personal example in the third paragraph?Or the other way around?

Using the following essay format (which I am instructed to follow):

  • Intro
  • Paragraph 1 (1st argument, including 1st example, counter-argument, counter-argument)
  • Paragraph 2 (1st argument, including 1st example, counter-argument, counter-argument)
  • Paragraph 3 (1st argument, including 1st example, counter-argument, counter-argument)
  • Conclusion

Example 1 becomes a be a great social or historical example relating to a significant event or phenomenon, e.g. B. World War II, colonialism events or any other emotional event that affected many people.

Example 2 is about one smaller / more local example based on how X occurred in our country / community. This is supposed to show the reader how important it is to our lives.

Example 3 is a personal Example showing how X influenced me. This aims to connect with the reader on a personal level.

Is it more effective:

  1. Do you have the larger / social example in the first paragraph and work up to a more local example and then the personal example in the third paragraph? Or

  2. Do you have the personal example in the first paragraph and the larger social examples in the third paragraph?

The larger social examples are arguably more powerful , but the guides suggest we do the smaller ones as well as the more personal ones so that we can 1) make them more relevant to the reader and 2) connect with the reader (as mentioned above). .

What I believe are the pros and cons of each method:

  1. Option 1 has the benefit of starting strong and building the rest of the essay.
  2. Option 2 has the advantage of being very concluding (and hopefully affecting the marker by making the last thing you read is the best part of your essay).

What would be more effective in convincing the leader of my argument (which also includes making it flow logically) and influencing the leader (giving him a takeaway message)?

Mark Baker

I am voting to dismiss this question as off-topic because it is really an academic question, not a writing question per se. You are not trying to write a convincing essay, but rather meet an examination criterion. This question may be more appropriate for the Academia Stack Exchange.


Thanks for the comment. Is there a way to migrate the question or do I just delete it and post it there again?


I just looked at Academic SE and couldn't find a suitable day. Although my goal is to meet one criterion, I think my question is about writing in the sense that the gist of the question (if I ignore the context) is to ask, "What the writing is for makes a reader most effective ". Although I'm still happy to maybe move it to

Monica Cellio ♦

@K-Feldspar I checked with the moderators at Academia and they said this would be off topic there. I think this could work here if you were to focus on what you want to accomplish in the writing yourself - not passing the exam, but being persuasive or demonstrating a logical approach or being precise or ... (insert goal here).


@MonicaCellio. Thank you for looking into this. I've edited accordingly.


Based on personal experience (I've written a lot of English essays on how x writer shows the y topic in z extract) I would say write the large-scale example first, then limit yourself to specific examples. This is a very logical sequence that the reviewer / reader can follow very easily, and it shows that you understand the subject on both a general and a very nuanced level.