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  • 1. Essay Writing
  • 2. Outline • Origin of the word essay • What is an essay? • What can an essay say? • 3 basic types of essays • 6 parts of an essay • Where should you start? • Whom should you read? • What is the most important thing?
  • 3. • From ‘essai’ from French to ‘test’ or ‘attempt’ • First known use 14th century • First appearance, Zuihitsu: a genre of prose writing in Japanese literature. It means “to follow” and “brush”. Originally from Chinese meaning “to follow brush”
  • 4. Why This Mentioning of Origin? • Will it make you any smarter? • Will it make you write a better essay? • Will it make you form your opinion about an essay? • Will it make you remember what an essay is?
  • 5. Enough!
  • 6. What Is an Essay? • “a short piece of writing that tells a person's thoughts or opinions about a subject” m-w.com • It is a form of prose writing that aims to say something
  • 7. What can an essay say?
  • 8. What Can an Essay Say? • Controversial stuff with proof • It can say and portray stories unknown to us • That you think out of the box • Be a little personal
  • 9. 3 Basic Types of Essays 1) Descriptive essay 2) Opinionated essay / Argumentative essay 3) Narrative essay / Personal essay
  • 10. What is the mnemonic for learning the name of 3 basic types of essays?
  • 11. • Yes, you guessed it right…
  • 12. DON
  • 13. 3 Basic Types of Essays 1) Descriptive essay – Describes a situation / event / place – Pros and cons / Likes or dislikes 2) Opinionated essay / Argumentative essay – Propose a debatable topic – Using cause and effect / using logic, come to a conclusion 3) Narrative essay / Personal essay – Using personal pronouns ‘I’, personal opinions are given
  • 14. Which Essay Type Is the Most Popular? • What is your guess?
  • 15. Yes, you are correct or incorrect? • Debatable essay / opinion generating essay / argumentative essay / analytical essay • These are all the names for almost the same type of essay with slight variations
  • 16. 6 Parts of an Essay 1) First statement is an ‘I’ 2) Introductory paragraph / Thesis 3) Topic statement / thesis statement 4) Body paragraphs 5) Concluding paragraph / Restatement of the thesis statement 6) Last statement is an ‘I’
  • 17. 6 Parts of an Essay… 1) First statement is an ‘I’ – Quote / Simple introduction / A general but nicely crafted statement 2) Introductory paragraph / Thesis – A little taste of what you want to carry forward 3) Topic statement / thesis statement – Last sentence of the first paragraph – A statement you will restate later in the conclusion
  • 18. 6 Parts of an Essay… 4) Body paragraphs – Body is the space where you experiment by giving your opinions, ideas or justifications • “… Pro idea 1 Pro idea 2 Con(s) + Refutation(s): these are the opinions of others that you disagree with. You must clearly specify these opinions if you are to refute them convincingly. Conclusion” Cappelen Damm • I recommend you see the link given in the reference for possible approaches
  • 19. Body • Opinion + justification • Opinion + logic + justification • Opinion + logic + justification + examples
  • 20. How many paragraphs in the body? • 300 words essay can have 2 to 3 paragraphs • Likewise for a 600 to 700 word essay 6 paragraphs will do
  • 21. 6 Parts of an Essay… 5) Concluding paragraph / Restatement of the thesis statement – You are saying goodbye. Conclude by summarizing and; – restating your thesis statement 6) Last statement is an ‘I’ – Claim your victory by coming to a thoughtful conclusion – You took your precious time to write an essay so personalize it by letting us, the readers, know what you’ve gained
  • 22. Mnemonic to Learn 6 Parts of an Essay • FIT BCL • Remember it like this: – A red snap fit buckle (FIT BCL) is 5 times tighter than a quick fit buckle
  • 23. Where should you start?
  • 24. Whom should you read?
  • 25. 4 Popular Essay Writers 1. Francis bacon, The Essays (1597) 2. Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays (1950) 3. Michel de Montaigne, Essais (1580, 1588) 4. Sei Shōnagon, The Pillow Book (1002)
  • 26. No, they are boring • They must be…
  • 27. Read • Forbes • Reader’s Digest • National Geographic • Inc. • The Verge • BBC • CNN • Reuters • DW • Engadget • Science Daily • Popular Science • And the list goes on…
  • 28. What is the most important thing to remember from all this?
  • 29. Quality
  • 30. Outline for Revision • Origin of the word essay • What is an essay? • What can an essay say? • 3 basic types of essays • 6 parts of an essay • Where should you start? • Whom should you read? • What is the most important thing to remember from all this?
  • 31. References • access-socialstudies.cappelendamm.no • aucegypt.edu • grammar.about.com • publishersweekly.com • The Essays by Francis Bacon • Sei Shōnagon The Pillow Book • Image source slide 1 - proficientwriters • Image source slide 17 - customessayorder • Image source slide 34 - mcqpaper