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How to Write an Essay on Identity

by David Stewart, Demand Media

    The purpose of an identity essay is to answer questions about who you are, and for an identity essay to have impact, it should cover different facets of your identity – your name, your character and your principles and values. Your friends, family, community and culture are also part of your identity and responsible for shaping it as well, and as such are integral to your essay. Exploring your personal life thoroughly helps you understand the impact of people and experiences in forming your identity. A well-written identity essay tells the reader how you view yourself as well as the people and experiences in your life.

    Step 1

    Decide the thesis for your essay. The thesis is the central theme on which your whole essay will be based on. Decide what aspect of your identity you want to explore, whether your cultural background or how you feel your peers view you. Decide on the relevance of the idea by analyzing how much it has contributed to the formation of your current identity.

    Step 2

    Prepare an essay outline. Consider what you plan to include about yourself, your beliefs, your family and organize the structure of your essay.

    Step 3

    Write the first draft. Start with the introduction revolving around your thesis and explain what you will be exploring in the essay. Fill out the body of the essay with more information and examples that provide background to the theme and conclude the essay by looking back on what was discussed in the first parts.

    Step 4

    Revise the essay as needed to create connections among ideas and a clear picture of yourself. Add transitions like "on the other hand" and "similarly" to illustrate relationships between concepts, and develop with strong details to express your thinking.

    Step 5

    Review your essay after finishing. Have a friend proofread it for spelling, grammar and clarity. Input the changes into your essay and create the final draft.

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    About the Author

    Hailing out of Pittsburgh, Pa., David Stewart has been writing articles since 2004, specializing in consumer-oriented pieces. He holds an associate degree in specialized technology from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

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