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Things to take into account when writing

by Nina Dearle
Answer the question
1. Read the question carefully. It can be
your guide to how to organize your answer.
An essay question...
2. Give yourself a few minutes before
you begin to make a scratchy outline
and to think about what you are going
to say. W...
Separate the wheat from the chaff

When you separate the wheat from the
chaff, you select what is useful or
valuable and r...
PARAGRAPHS

Like a juicy hamburger, a paragraph needs two
things to hold it together.
Topic sentence

Conclusion sentence
Paragraphs




A paragraph is a group
of related sentences
that develops one main
idea.  Although there is
no definite l...
ELEMENTS OF STYLE


CHOICE OF WORDS



CHOICE OF STRUCTURE

Good writers are concise A good writer varies
and precise, w...
SPECIFIC AND GENERAL WORDS

The president's knowledge of domestic issues is
superior to his understanding of foreign polic...
Choice of words and structures
It’s not the same
to write …




make s/g better
improve
Women can’t
work long hours
bec...
practice (n)
1.

Read about precision
and choice of words
and adding clarity to
your written work
with specific nouns.

2....
A pronoun is used in place of a noun or another pronoun.
The word a pronoun stands for is called the antecedent.
Often ant...
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  1. 1. Things to take into account when writing by Nina Dearle
  2. 2. Answer the question 1. Read the question carefully. It can be your guide to how to organize your answer. An essay question should have at least 3 paragraphs and a topic sentence. Form a thesis sentence before you start and stick to it. Be sure you stick to the question, and don’t digress to something that was not asked. Answer the entire question. Choose important points. You can’t say it all.
  3. 3. 2. Give yourself a few minutes before you begin to make a scratchy outline and to think about what you are going to say. Write down key words or make a rough outline to trigger your memory. Then you can take the pressure off yourself to remember and write the same time. As you have little brain storms and remember things, add them to your outline. I promise that in the long run this method saves time and produces Art History Study Guide more coherent essays. Dr. Sara N. James
  4. 4. Separate the wheat from the chaff When you separate the wheat from the chaff, you select what is useful or valuable and reject what is useless or worthless.
  5. 5. PARAGRAPHS Like a juicy hamburger, a paragraph needs two things to hold it together. Topic sentence Conclusion sentence
  6. 6. Paragraphs   A paragraph is a group of related sentences that develops one main idea.  Although there is no definite length for a paragraph, it is often from five to twelve sentences long. Clearly indent the first word of every paragraph about 1 inch (5 spaces).    Most paragraphs contain one main idea to which all the sentences relate. The topic sentence states this main idea. The body of the paragraph develops and supports this main idea with particular facts, details, and examples.
  7. 7. ELEMENTS OF STYLE  CHOICE OF WORDS  CHOICE OF STRUCTURE Good writers are concise A good writer varies and precise, weeding structures to hold the out unnecessary words readers' attention. and choosing the Writing the same types of exact word to convey sentences with the same meaning. structures over and over and over and over makes for dull writing
  8. 8. SPECIFIC AND GENERAL WORDS The president's knowledge of domestic issues is superior to his understanding of foreign policy. He has been more successful with welfare reform, for example, than with peace in the Middle East. In this context, "domestic issues" and "foreign policy" are used in a general sense in the first sentence. The writer then elaborates by clarifying specific kinds of issues ("welfare reform" and "peace in the middle east") referred to by the more general terms in the earlier sentence. http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/write/we/ch5/19b.htm
  9. 9. Choice of words and structures It’s not the same to write …    make s/g better improve Women can’t work long hours because they feel more responsible for their children and household chores. … as to write …    improve s/g enhance Women do not view child rearing and domesticity in the same way as men do, and as a result are unable to commit to extreme work demands.
  10. 10. practice (n) 1. Read about precision and choice of words and adding clarity to your written work with specific nouns. 2. Choose two sentences from your written test and rewrite them. 3. Try this exercise. to practise (v)
  11. 11. A pronoun is used in place of a noun or another pronoun. The word a pronoun stands for is called the antecedent. Often antecedentless pronouns indicate a lack of clarity in the writer's thoughts. 1. Highlight, underline or circle pronouns in your essay. 2. Draw an arrow from the pronoun to its antecedent. 3. Revise all pronouns without antecedents for clarity.
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