Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Kathy Livingston's Guide to Writing a Basic Essay is a recommended starting point for ESL students who want to write well-structured academic essays in English. Written with beginners in mind, this useful guide explains every step of the essay writing process and offers a sample basic essay for use as a model.


  • Detailed guide to writing an academic essay, showing students how to choose a topic, how to make an outline, how to write a thesis statement, how to write the body paragraphs, how to write the introduction and conclusion, and how to revise the final draft
  • Sample 5-paragraph essay for self-study
  • Links to more essay writing resources online
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