Lecture 2 What is Good Essay Writing


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Lecture 2 What is Good Essay Writing

  1. 1. WRITING SKILLS CED 2123 Lecture 2 What is good essay writing? Murni Salina Fac of Education & Social Science UNISEL Bestari Jaya
  2. 2. What is good essay writing? <ul><li>The ideas that you have written down must supported by other documents such as from reference materials, discussion and other related materials. </li></ul><ul><li>The complex ideas is arranged so that they are not repeated. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Begin with an attractive opening – the first paragraph must be attractive to reader. Used simple words that you really know about the meaning or with regards to the readers. Use short simple sentence but clear. </li></ul>What is good essay writing?
  4. 4. <ul><li>Recheck the vocabulary, spelling, grammar, etc. when you finish writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Signify the important points or indicate it. </li></ul>What is good essay writing?
  5. 5. What are the criteria in good essay writing? <ul><li>First, the topic chosen must be the topic that you are interested with. </li></ul><ul><li>The topic also determined by your existing knowledge and the availability of resources. </li></ul><ul><li>You must also consider the readers, the situation for the essay to be represented. </li></ul><ul><li>Lastly, you must always think of what is the purpose of the essay. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>A good essay is represented in a simple form of language, simple and common vocabulary, simple terminologies, and short sentences and well organized coherent paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>The flow of the points is also well arranged and in a proper sequence. The point is also indicated and signifies all the major points in its paragraph. Indicate the major point by any sign you like to use such as underlining, italic font, bolding, etc. It will make reading easier. </li></ul><ul><li>Every paragraph should have its own major points separated from other major points by other paragraph. The major points must be explained by the minor points and supporting points. </li></ul>What are the criteria in good essay writing?
  7. 7. <ul><li>Use a recommended font, size and space required. Don’t use any kind of font. Don’t use any fancy words. </li></ul><ul><li>The points used should be valid and easily understood by the readers. Follow exactly the format of writing such as the introduction to the chapter, body section and summary. </li></ul><ul><li>Way of writing references and attaching the appendix must also follow the correct format recommended. </li></ul>What are the criteria in good essay writing?
  8. 8. What are the factors that affect your essay? <ul><li>You are not sure when choosing the topic. You do not have the background knowledge about the topic concerned. It becomes worst if the resources are limited. You are also not interested on the topic. </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have any particular format in writing your assignment and you don’t take any effort to know how to write a good essay. </li></ul><ul><li>You have preconceived ideas by expecting the reader to know about what you write. Thus your explanation is also scattered everywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>Repeating the same point will down grade your essay. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What should you do before writing an essay? <ul><li>Choose a topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does this topic interest me and the public? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do I have enough background knowledge? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the real topic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What makes me want to explain on this particular topic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do I organize the points? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the reader? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to make this topic interesting? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What is the advantage to the readers? <ul><li>Your essay is your opinion to be shared to the readers. Your writing is not only regarding the points to be delivered, but it is related to the getting attention and interest from the readers. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How to write? <ul><li>You must know the right format in writing a good essay. Sometime the teacher will give you the format. Sometimes they just ignore and you are required to find out yourself. Without any guidance in writing an essay you are just like a blind person with an arrow that you don’t know where the right target is. If there is a format you have to follow as introduced by the school then follow exactly the guidelines in writing the essay. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Draft <ul><li>A draft of ideas that comprises of major points, minor points and supporting points is needed to present the whole idea before you begin to write. Writing the outline about what you are going to write is important so that you can allocate enough content to the objectives of writing. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sources of references <ul><li>Before you choose any topic, please make sure that you will have enough resources. At times, the resources available may mislead you in the middle of a discussion. It can also lead you to difficulties in completing task. </li></ul>