Once you have a clear idea of what you are expected to do, you can start developing your own approach to the essay. To focus the topic, you must do two things:
- Determine the goal of the essay. The goal is what the essay needs to accomplish.
- Define the scope and terms of the essay. The scope and terms are the context of the essay and they will determine what you will and won’t include in the essay.
Each student will approach an essay differently, but it must always fulfil the expected goal and scope.
Have a look at the sample essay topics below and try to identify the goal and scope of each.