Writing an academic essay means fabricating a coherent set of ideas. To line up those ideas in a perfect manner in order to make sense and reflect your knowledge and personality can be a daunting task. But there is an easy way out. Most of you must have heard of an analogy ‘an essay is like a sandwich’. So while writing an essay, you just need to visualize a sandwich.
Structure of an essay
Like a sandwich, essay also follows a three-layered structure (upper, middle and lower) discussed below:
It is a brief general statement that leads the readers into the topic, showing how the specific issue relates to bigger or to the disciplinary field. It is like a map that readers consult before initiating the reading jou
It consists of two or more paragraphs that deliberate ideas and arguments with illustrations or examples. These paragraphs must be linked together in order to connect those ideas.
It is considered to be a shadow of a huge tree. The readers should see the outline of the huge tree but not the whole tree. It incorporates the summary of the main points of your arguments.
The three layers of an essay
We all know sandwiches attract our taste buds by their appetizing appearance. Similarly, the three-paragraph should be presented in an interesting manner to grab the reader’s attention.
Let’s now take a tasty ride into the three layers of essay in a detailed manner,
As you reckon, the top piece of your sandwich is always little thin. So should be your essay introduction too. The very first paragraph of essay should follow certain specifications:
- The writer should understand the topic first before presenting it to the readers
- Introduction is the opening that frames the subject of the paragraph
- It must give reasons to the reader to continue reading further. For example, for a paper on top strategies to find a job, your introduction line should be, “Network is one of the most effective ways to find a new job.” This opening line introduces the topic of job networking and leaves the reader with a question, ‘Why?’
eath your top slice of bread is the filling of bread. The filling of your essay should be supported by the expanded version of the ideas you present in the opening sentences. Here are some regulations while constructing the main body:
- The second layer of your essay should follow story writing style but must be concise and to the point
- Following the sandwich method, the main body of an essay should built interest in the readers to remain involved in reading like a spicy patty of a sandwich
- Effective ideas should be introduced in this paragraph
- Your ideas and concepts should be backed by minute details and examples related to the main topic of the essay
- The trail of paragraphs should be written in such a manner that it excites the readers to link those ideas and draw a big picture.
This part is the base layer of the essay. This should be written strongly to demonstrate the main purpose of writing the whole essay. You should follow some standards to write your conclusion:
- Pull all the information together for the readers by summarizing the content of the previous paragraphs
- Restate the topic and remind its importance to the audience
- It should consist of the key elements of the topic. Taking the same networking example, your conclusion should be, ‘While you have the choice of using other methods as well, networking is proven to work most effectively because of the personal connection to an employer.’
Critical analysis of sandwich style essay writing
Though sandwich essay method is the best way to write an essay properly, there are some critics who don’t believe in the sandwich idea of essay writing. The reason is they anticipate its failure in terms of essay construction. According to their perspective, at some extent following a certain patte
of sandwich idea can confine the creativity of essay writers. In contrary, SAT (the standardized test for college) informs that they are looking for clear and concise essay that can be swiftly achieved by sandwich method of essay writing. After reviewing both the sides, it becomes pretty confusing for us to implement the sandwich method. But you have to admit that sandwich method is a good way of writing an effective essay.
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The humble sandwich can be a powerful tool to help kids learn about and become aware of the food they are eating. For our Kids’ Food Literacy Sandwich recipe contest, we asked participants to write a short essay about why they believe their sandwich represents food literacy. Here are some excellent essays:
Mason Partak, a third grader at Alta Vista School in Auburn writes:
I used to like my sandwiches with just meat and cheese but then I started adding lettuce and tomatoes from my neighbor Harry’s garden and it was good! I added some of my mom’s favorite salad stuff like bell peppers, sprouts and cucumbers and I really liked it.
My mom always tells me to eat more good food and not as much junk food so I say, let’s make the veggie sandwich! It is good to grow your own food as the leaves help keep our air clean and the veggies help to keep our bodies healthy. I play football so eating good food is very important.
Natalie Avina Cortes, a fifth grader at Capitol Heights Academy in Sacramento writes:
This is a healthy sandwich because it has a lot of grain, and it is good for you because of the fruit. I didn’t want a sandwich using meat, so decided to use peanut butter instead, which is a protein.
Nick Ault, an eighth grader at Sutter Middle School in Sacramento writes:
Everything in this sandwich is organic and healthy from the vegetables to the meat. The meat is lean organic pork which is low sodium and a great source of protein. There are also grilled onions that have almost no sodium, saturated fat or cholesterol, but do contain vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. The arugula and the tomatoes are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and are packed with vitamins.
It helps my local environment because all the veggies are organic and produced locally and that means it has a low carbon foot print. By using fresh grown ingredients from local farmers and ranchers, it helps my local community and economy by supporting small businesses. For example, the pork is from Bledsoe Farms (Woodland), the tomatoes come from Ray Yeung Farms (West Sacramento), the arugula is from Ashworth Farms (East Sacramento), the ciabatta roll from Grateful Bread (Sacramento) and fresh local peaches.
Malcolm Brock, fourth grader at Capitol Heights Academy in Sacramento writes:
This is a healthy sandwich because I hope to use all-organic food, without pesticides. There is a lot of protein in this sandwich and also grains in the wheat bread. It helps you get up in the morning! It can also be eaten for lunch.
Lindsey Dahms-Nolan, eighth grader at Natomas Charter School writes:
I believe that this sandwich is literate because it includes most of the five food groups, making it very well-balanced. The cheese is a dairy product, but also has a little bit of protein which is great for kids because milk strengthens your bones and protein rebuilds muscle. It also has tomatoes (fruits) and roasted red peppers and spinach (vegetables), all of which are very healthy because they are fruits and vegetables, but the tomato and spinach are raw, so you get all of the nutrients. Even though the bread is a bit refined, it still has carbohydrates necessary for an active child’s diet. I believe that my sandwich can change the world.
Thank you to every kid who participated in our Kids’ Food Literacy Sandwich contest! You are all food literacy superheroes!
Article by Heather Teoh