Composing Interesting Topics for Example Essays: 6 Great Ideas

The example essay is a pretty simple assignment you will likely encounter throughout your high school and college career in one form or another – largely because all essay types, including informational or argumentative, require that you support your writing with good illustrations or examples. You will have a wide variety of topics to choose from or you may have chance to create your own captivating topics. Here are 6 great ideas to remember when composing an interesting topic:

  • Make sure you have a point: An example essay without a clear point will make for a terrible paper that goes on and on without any direction. Your examples should relate with one another and be relevant to the argument you are presenting. Don’t put in an anecdote, quote, or definition, if it doesn’t further your argument.
  • Don’t use a topic you can’t cover: Pay close attention to the limitations of your paper. A five paragraph essay is usually a pretty concise attempt of presenting a position on a single topic. Be sure you can thoroughly and satisfactorily cover the topic. Your reader shouldn’t be teased with information that you are only going to briefly touch on. Cover your topic fully.
  • Write about something that interests you: Don’t choose a topic that doesn’t stir your emotions or isn’t interesting to you. Writing without passion leads to boring writing that will likely cause your reader to want to hurry up to the end. You don’t have to be an expert but look for topics you genuinely are interested in learning more about and bringing forth in discussion. Your writing will be enthusiastic and earn a great response from your reader.
  • Don’t use too many examples: A college-level writing assignment will probably require you to only use one or two really good examples, but certainly no more than four to support your argument. In narrative essays, you may be asked to use a simple extended example. In this case, you have smaller supportive pieces of evidence to go with your example.
  • Make sure you have a thesis: Just like your paper needs to have a point, you also want to have a clear and concise statement that says exactly what your position on your topic is. It’s not enough to go in-depth in the topic with several good examples; each paragraph should relate directly to your thesis statement. If you’re writing strays in any way from your thesis, then look for ways to revise or cut it out altogether.
  • Use transitions to tie your paragraphs: Your argument should flow naturally and follow a logical pattern and not using the right transitions can bring your example essay to a screeching stop. Don’t overuse certain phrases, however, since this too can be a bit redundant. Be wary of phrases like “for example” which is a fine transition statement but can make your paper feel dull if it shows up 5 – 6 times.