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How To Write An Essay

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How To Write An Essay

  1. 1. How to Write an Essay 5 Simple Steps to Success
  2. 2. 1. READ IT <ul><li>Read the essay question in its entirety </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t start to answer it yet!! </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2. DECIPHER IT <ul><li>Determine what the question is asking </li></ul><ul><li>See handout </li></ul>
  4. 4. 3. PLAN IT <ul><li>Don’t just write or list everything you know - it is often pointless nonsense </li></ul><ul><li>Develop broad topic points that are relevant to the question </li></ul><ul><li>You may develop a thesis </li></ul><ul><li>in this stage </li></ul>
  5. 5. Tips on Topic Points <ul><li>Relevant </li></ul><ul><li>Accurate </li></ul><ul><li>Significant </li></ul><ul><li>So What??? </li></ul><ul><li>CAN IT BE SUPPORTED WITH EXAMPLES, FACTS, AND/OR DATA? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Helpful Planning Tools <ul><li>Outlines </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Anything that helps you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get the wheels turning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Note: abbreviate - don’t write it out yet! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Using SPRITE <ul><li>Sometimes, you can use SPRITE </li></ul><ul><li>SOCIAL </li></ul><ul><li>POLITICAL </li></ul><ul><li>RELIGIOUS </li></ul><ul><li>INTELLECTUAL </li></ul><ul><li>TECHNOLOGICAL </li></ul><ul><li>ECONOMIC </li></ul>
  8. 8. 4. REVIEW IT <ul><li>Reread the question </li></ul><ul><li>Go over your plan to be certain: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All parts of the question were answered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You used the best topic points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You used relevant facts & examples to back up EACH of your topic points </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MAKE MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS </li></ul>
  9. 9. 5. WRITE IT <ul><li>NOW you can finally get to writing…this will be the easy part now that the planning is done! </li></ul><ul><li>Use your best spelling & grammar </li></ul><ul><li>Proof it before you turn it in </li></ul>I love history
  10. 10. You’re Done!

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