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How to write an essay
What is an essay?
An essay is:
a piece of writing about a particular subject.
Why is it important to write essays?
Have you ever wondered why do teachers give you written assignments?
Why can’t they ask you to show what you know in oral form?

The answer is quite simple.

When you write an essay –
you learn to think logically
you learn to express yourself in a more logical way,
you develop your writing skills,
you develop your vocabulary
and your own writing style.
Bibliography
http://www1.aucegypt.edu/academic/writers/
http://www.customwritings.com/blog/essay-writing-guide/important-write-essays.html
http://academicwriting.wikidot.com/what-is-an-essay


How to write an essay
UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO DO:

DISCUSS the topic or prompt with your teacher and peers

HIGHLIGHT important parts of the prompt question or topic

FOR EXAMPLE:

Write a
500-700 word

essay
that
addresses one of the following prompts
in
relation to the text TWTWB:
Ellie
has a strong personality.
Describe
it, and
how she gets along with others
. Consider the
theme of friendship
in you answer, and
use references from the text

1
Google what other people say on the topic.
What claims does the author make?
Why do they sound good?
Is it the logic, the sources, the writing, the structure?
What evidence does the author present?
Why does the evidence sound credible?
What sources do they use?
2 Read
well-written essays.
Sure, you can use the arguments of others to back up what you want to say.
However, you need to come up with your original spin on the topic
Make lists of ideas.
Try mind mapping.
Think about your topic.
Be prepared for ideas to come to you when you least expect them.
3 Brainstorm your
own ideas
Look your ideas
Choose one to three of your strongest ideas that relate to prompt or topic
Make sure you can support these ideas with evidence.
Write a
Opinion/Contention
statement that summarizes the ideas that you plan to present.
(let the reader know where you're going and why).
EXAMPLE:
Friendship is the primary motivation for Ellie and her group in John Marsden's novel 'TWTWB'. They base their action from a place of loyalty, love and courage, three attributes of friendship.
4 Pick your
contention (opinion).
Create an outline.
1-3-1 PLAN:
Intro
body paragraphs x 3
Conclusion
Write a topic sentence for your 3 main ideas
In dot points list your supporting evidence.

5 Plan your essay

For your 3 body paragraphs
USE TEEL structure:

6 Write the body
of your essay
Your title and introduction have:
a to hook to grab the reader
NO obvious expressions such as, "This essay is about, "The topic of this essay is" or "I will now show that".
Use the inverted pyramid formula.
Start off with a very broad description of your topic
gradually narrow it down to your specific thesis statement.
3 to 5 sentences long
7 Come up with a compelling
title and introduction
8 conclude your essay
Summarize your points

Answer questions like, "What are the implications of your thesis statement being true?" "What's the next step?" "What questions remain unanswered?"

Draw your reader to a natural, logical conclusion.

Restate (in a different way) your contention statement in your concluding paragraph by helping the reader to remember the journey through your essay.
Nail the last sentence.
Types of essays
There are 4 types of essay:
expository
persuasive
analytical
argumentative .

This is the type of essay where you try to convince the reader to adopt your position on an issue or point of view.
Persuasive essay
In this type of essay you analyze, examine and interpret such things as an event, book, poem, play or other work of art.
Analytical essay
This is the type of essay where you prove that your opinion, theory or hypothesis about an issue is correct or more truthful than those of others. In short, it is very similar to the persuasive essay (see above), but the difference is that you are arguing for your opinion as opposed to others, rather than directly trying to persuade someone to adopt your point of view.
Argumentative essay
This is a writer’s explanation of a short theme, idea or issue.

Expository essay
Turn to your partner and answer
1. Why are essays important?
2. How many type of essays there are?
3. What are 3 steps to do an essay?
TERMS
Contention:
Plot
Linking Sentence
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