2. HOW LONG? <ul><li>An essay is usually 4 or 5 paragraphs long and each paragraph must have a minimum of 5 lines and a maximum of 7 lines. </li></ul>
3. HOW TO CHOOSE THE TOPIC. <ul><li>The topic should be about something that you like to talk about. If you cannot choose the topic then do a lot of research about it and even if you know about the topic, do research so that what you write can be sustained. </li></ul>
4. SELEC THE TOPIC! <ul><li>The topic is what you’re going to talk about in the essay. For example if you want to talk about computers, then your topic will be computers. </li></ul>
5. BRAINSTORM <ul><li>Brainstorm ideas for your essay. Let’s do some brainstorming about TECHNOLOGY to practice. </li></ul>
6. How to approach essay writing INTRODUCTION BODY CONCLUSION
7. MAKE A DRAFT Start writing you essay draft. The draft is the not what you are going to present, is a preparation for the real essay so if you have mistakes you can correct them.
8. WRITE CONTINUOUSLY When you start writing your paragraph, don’t stop until you finish so that you can have a sequence and don’t loose the meaning of what you are writing.
9. Introduction Beginning (or abstract) Context What is being discussed,argued or demonstrated Use the key phrases in the essay title Keep it relevant
10. The Main Body (Substantive) <ul><li>Present evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Logical order (Chronological?) </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Refer often to the title </li></ul><ul><li>Balance! (Especially in a question that begins with a quote) </li></ul><ul><li>Refer to all parts of the question </li></ul>
11. Conclusion <ul><li>Re-state your argument using the key words from the title </li></ul><ul><li>Be confident in your argument </li></ul><ul><li>Hint at a broader context? </li></ul><ul><li>What other issues would you explore, given more time? </li></ul>
12. READ OUT LOUD. When you revise your essay, it is recommended that you read out loud so that you can hear what you wrote and see if it makes sense.
13. FINAL DRAFT When you finish revising, write the real essay and print it. Your essay will be ready to give it to your teacher.
14. TO HAVE IN MIND In an essay, because is formal writing, you cannot have contractions (you cannot write don’t, I’m, aren’t, etc. ) The only thing acceptable is contraction for possessive ( My mother’s name).