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Essay writing 101 EPC MAFIQ workshop

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Raadia Khan

on 15 November 2014

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Essay writing 101
Raadia Khan
the basics!
Writing an Introduction
The Hook!
setting the scene


(The structure of an essay)
Hook, scene-setting, general statements, and
Topic sentences, paragraphs, consistency, in-text citations
Restating and summarizing your thesis, finishing with a
MLA style citations, plagiarism (and not doing it)
this is so important it gets a separate slide
a quote
a bold statement
a statistic
a question
an analogy
some storytelling
elaborate on the topic, your intention for the essay.
A Thesis?
1. Answers the prompt provided

2. Makes a claim that can be argued/disputed

3. Acts as an outline for the points discussed in your essay

4. Should be as concise and to the point as possible

5. "So what?" / "why" / "how"
pay attention to your rubric!
let's take a look
what kind of ideas?

ethos | pathos | logos
literary devices
statistics, professional opinions, secondary sources
there are many
ethos + pathos + logos
Appeals to reader's sense of authority
Appeals to reader's emotions
Appears to reader's sense of logic
literary devices

Symbolism and metaphors



Word choice
proof and sources
written | oral | media
[Auto]biographies, books, first-person/eyewitness accounts, interviews, testimonials, video and photo evidence
Articles, online databases, scientific research experiments, statistics, surveys, YouTube videos, Tweets
topic sentences
in-text citations
Different for every media type, try to make sure it flows with the text
Maintain a balance
Tiny, baby thesis at the beginning of each start of a new subtopic
Purdue Owl is a great resource for MLA format, thesis formation, and other literature-related terminology and basics.
MLA format:
12pt font Times New Roman
Special headers
Title, no underline or italics
Page numbers
Works cited
brief and to the point
Not the place to introduce no points
Restate your thesis with more explanation and finality, incorporate basic ideas that were explained back into your original thesis
Don't make it too long
If it's not the kind of conclusion that if it were in speech form, you would feel satisfied enough to drop the mic and walk straight off-stage, it's not strong enough!
in-text citations
separate page for credits and sourcing
Actual quotation of text being used as evidence, small reference number and/or mention of author to full citation
Google it! PurdueOwl, EasyBib, Google Scholar
Ability to write references with ease requires practice
Gary Provost:

"This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage [them] with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important."
in the end
practice, prepare, research
try your very best
make learning your priority
make a lot of dua
you'll do great!
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