Fundamentals of Essay Writing

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Fundamentals of Essay Writing

  1. 1. Fundamentals of Essay Writing Helpful hints and tips http://www.essayacademia.com/
  2. 2. Editing <ul><li>reconsider introduction and conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>read draft aloud, paying attention to length, variety, rhythm and coherence of sentences </li></ul><ul><li>look for wordiness; nothing hurts an essay more than empty phrases </li></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  3. 3. Format Tips <ul><li>all pages should have one inch margins </li></ul><ul><li>double-space everything in your paper </li></ul><ul><li>your paper MUST be stapled </li></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  4. 4. Grammar Tips <ul><li>don’t tell your reader what you are going to argue--just do it. Don’t write “in my paper I will argue”; of course it’s your paper and of course you will argue! </li></ul><ul><li>avoid “nothing phrases” such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“in today’s society” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“etc.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“a lot” </li></ul></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  5. 5. Grammar Tips (con’t) <ul><li>sentence fragments </li></ul><ul><li>comma usage </li></ul><ul><li>semi-colon usage </li></ul><ul><li>contractions </li></ul><ul><li>possessive constructions </li></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  6. 6. Introductory Paragraph <ul><li>Introduces the paper and the topic </li></ul><ul><li>Must have strong thesis statement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>your basic answer to the question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sum it up in one sentence </li></ul></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  7. 7. Body Paragraphs <ul><li>each needs a topic sentence </li></ul><ul><li>cannot be one sentence; a paragraph by definition is several sentences </li></ul><ul><li>cannot be excessively long </li></ul><ul><li>one topic=one paragraph </li></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  8. 8. Argument Techniques <ul><li>acknowledge your opposition and use their words/ arguments against them </li></ul><ul><li>avoid melodrama, excessive emotion, hostility and defensiveness </li></ul><ul><li>keep vocabulary neutral, particularly when dealing with areas that people have strong feelings about--for example, religion </li></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  9. 9. Quoting vs. Paraphrasing <ul><li>Quoting involves writing down a source’s exact words </li></ul><ul><li>Paraphrasing involves writing the source’s information in your own words </li></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  10. 10. Concluding Paragraph <ul><li>restates (and rephrases) the opening paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>broadens out and hypothesizes </li></ul><ul><li>presents a possible compromise or solution </li></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  11. 11. Editing <ul><li>reconsider introduction and conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>read draft aloud, paying attention to length, variety, rhythm and coherence of sentences </li></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  12. 12. Editing (con’t) <ul><li>do not rely on the spellcheck </li></ul><ul><ul><li>why not? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>but do at least use the spellcheck </li></ul><ul><li>why the grammar check is evil </li></ul><ul><li>proofreading problems? try proofreading your work backwards </li></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  13. 13. Editing (con’t) <ul><li>but do at least use the spellcheck </li></ul><ul><li>why the grammar check is evil </li></ul><ul><li>do not rely on others to proofread your work </li></ul><ul><li>proofreading problems? try proofreading your work backwards </li></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/
  14. 14. Final Points <ul><li>Proofread, Proofread, Proofread </li></ul><ul><li>review assignment to make sure you’ve met all requirements </li></ul>http://www.essayacademia.com/

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