How to Write an Essay About Your Country
One way to inform people about your country is to write an essay about it. While this seems fairly simple, it is actually a complex task that can quickly overwhelm because there are so many aspects of a country at which to look. Culture, economics, history and political events are components of a country that already have literally hundreds of essays written about them. You need to refine your topic, research it and form an argument, and then write an essay that effectively supports that argument by citing relevant facts.
Choose a theme that interests you. If you are writing about the U.S. and you have always had an interest in war, you could write on a current or past war in which the U.S. has been involved. The same goes for sports, music or anything else that falls under your interest.
Read up on the theme until you start to form an opinion. This opinion will be the foundation of your argument; this argument will go on to be the point of your entire essay, so you need to be informed enough to write about it at length.
Create an argument that is clear, concise and controversial. It should be something that is up for debate, such as "the U.S. has not been involved in as many wars during the 20th century as it should have been," or the converse.
Write an outline on paper. It should be divided into sections, with each section's heading responding to your argument from a different angle. There should be at least two sentences after each heading giving an explanation of the heading and an example.
Write a rough draft, using the bullet points from the outline as a guide. The headings should turn into topic sentences while the subheadings should turn into supporting sentences.
Edit your rough draft to make sure it makes sense, has proper spelling and grammar and is written in an engaging style.
Make any necessary changes and rewrites, and turn in the essay.
Sam Grover began writing in 2005, also having worked as a behavior therapist and teacher. His work has appeared in New Zealand publications "Critic" and "Logic," where he covered political and educational issues. Grover graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Arts in history.