Essay writing requires thinking

An essay is a statement of reasoned opinion. To write an essay, a person must:

  • Have some information.
  • Reflect on that information.
  • Compare it to other information.
  • Add information from other sources.
  • Reach a conclusion.

When we say writing an essay requires students to employ critical thinking skills, it’s that list we have in mind. That list doesn’t tell how to write an essay; it only relates the thinking that essay writing entails before the author can begin writing.