Writing an Academic Essay

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  • 1. Writing an Academic Essay The Purpose and Process of Academic Writing http://essayacademia.com/
  • 2. Some Parameters
    • We will not exhaust every aspect of academic writing
    • We will focus on the overall process of writing an academic paper
    • We will not focus on rules
    • We will instead focus on strategies
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  • 3. What Is The Purpose of the Academic Essay?
    • The word “essay” is derived from the Latin verb “exigere”, which means to:
      • Examine
      • Test
      • Drive out
    • What could the purpose of an essay be given this definition?
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  • 4. Where Do I Get Ideas To Write About?
    • Read texts related to your topic
    • Use brainstorming techniques like:
      • Listing ideas
      • Clustering or mind mapping
      • Free writing
    • Discuss the issue with others
    • Research the topic
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  • 5. Clustering
    • Write your main point in the center of the page and circle it
    • As ideas come to you, branch off from the main point
    • Think of the cluster as a tree, each idea branching off a previous idea
    • Do not censor or edit yourself
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  • 6. Develop a Working Thesis
    • A thesis comes at the end of the introduction section of your paper
    • It lets the reader know exactly what overall point you are trying to make
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  • 7. Developing an Outline
    • Once you establish a thesis, use it to help you develop an outline of the paper
    • An outline will:
      • Help you organize your ideas
      • Keep you focused
      • Save time
    • Keep in mind there are several ways to approach writing an outline
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  • 8. Introductions
    • The purpose of the introduction paragraph is to:
      • Bait the reader
      • Contextualize your argument or topic
      • Provide necessary background information about the topic
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  • 9. Strategies to Bait the Reader
    • Ask a question
    • Tell a story
    • Use a quote
    • Provide interesting statistics
    • Share an anecdote
    • Make a provocative statement
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  • 10. Give Context in the Introduction
    • What does the reader need to know to understand this paper?
      • Historical background
      • Issues relating to the topic
      • Important authors and texts you will be referring to
      • Cultural issues
      • Why this topic is important or relevant
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  • 11. Start Your Body Paragraphs with Clear Topic Sentences
    • A topic sentence:
    • Comes at the beginning of a paragraph
    • Presents the most important point you want to make in that paragraph
    • Is specific (or not so broad it would require a full essay to explore)
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  • 12. Use Compelling Supporting Points to Support Your Topic Sentence
    • Supporting points are examples or pieces of evidence that support the claim you have made in your topic sentence.
    • They can be:
      • Facts
      • Examples
      • Anecdotes (Stories)
      • Expert Testimony
      • Quotes
      • Observations
      • Statistics
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  • 13. Make Sure to Elaborate with Concrete Details
    • Once you have listed your supporting points, you can now elaborate on them by adding details or explaining what you mean further.
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  • 14. An Alternative: Using the PIE Formula
    • Another useful strategy to organize information is to use the PIE formula
    • PIE
      • P = Point = The main point you want to make
      • I = Illustration = A quote or paraphrase from the text
      • E = Explanation = Your explanation about what the quote or paraphrase means
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  • 15. Use Transitions to Create Coherence
    • Use transition words or sentences to bridge ideas so the reader does not get confused
    • First
    • Second
    • In addition
    • Nevertheless
    • In contrast
    • Furthermore
    • Therefore
    • Etc.
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  • 16. Strategies for a Conclusion
    • Re-state your thesis statement in a different way
    • Make a strong closing comment
    • Use any of the strategies for the introduction
    • Wrap up the paper with a neat bow tie
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  • 17. Academic Conventions: Things to Avoid
    • Avoid use personal pronouns like “I”, “We”, and “You”.
    • Avoid not use contractions like “isn’t”, “they’re”, “wasn’t”, etc.
    • Avoid slang
    • Avoid a personal tone
    • Avoid vague ideas
    • Avoid plagiarism
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  • 18. Academic Conventions: Things to Do
    • Do address both sides of an argument
    • Do cite your sources
    • Do use a formal tone
    • Do take a stand
    • Do use concrete details
    • Do give yourself time to develop your paper
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  • 19. Remember, Writing is a Process
    • Every writing assignment is practice for the next one
    • Writing takes time
    • Go through every step of the process
    • Focus on your ideas first
    • Focus on grammar and spelling last
    • Get feedback from a peer, instructor, or tutor
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