WRITING AN ESSAYWRITING AN ESSAYIN TEN EASY STEPS
STEP 1: CHOOSE A TOPICSTEP 1: CHOOSE A TOPICYour Topic Should Be:Something that fulfills the assignmentSomething you car...
STEP 2: GENERATE IDEASSTEP 2: GENERATE IDEASBrainstormMake a mind mapMake Lists◦ Facts◦ Beliefs◦ Questions
STEP 3: RESEARCHSTEP 3: RESEARCHRead essays/articles about your topicWrite down quotesWrite down facts and statisticsK...
Step 4: WRITE AN OUTLINEStep 4: WRITE AN OUTLINETopicMain ideaKey pointsSupporting evidenceOpinions (if they apply)
STEP 5: INTRODUCTIONSTEP 5: INTRODUCTIONWrite a clear thesis statementHook your readerOutline essay in 3-4 sentences
STEP 6: BODYSTEP 6: BODYThree paragraphs, 4-6 sentences eachEach paragraph should explain one ideaFlesh out ideas with ...
STEP 7: CLOSING / CONCLUSIONSTEP 7: CLOSING / CONCLUSIONSummarize your essayMake a strong statementEnd on a quote, poss...
STEP 8: CHECK YOUR WORKSTEP 8: CHECK YOUR WORKCheck Spelling and GrammarCite your sources***Use another set of eyes
STEP 9: REVISESTEP 9: REVISEGet notes and feedbackCorrect errorsDo more research if necessaryRewrite based on feedback...
STEP 10: THE FINAL DRAFTSTEP 10: THE FINAL DRAFTRepeat step ninePay attention to languageCreate a title pageCreate a w...
USEFUL RESOURCESUSEFUL RESOURCESwww.Dictionary.comwww.Thesaurus.comwww.encyclopedia.comhttp://library.duke.edu/researc...
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Writing an essay

  1. 1. WRITING AN ESSAYWRITING AN ESSAYIN TEN EASY STEPS
  2. 2. STEP 1: CHOOSE A TOPICSTEP 1: CHOOSE A TOPICYour Topic Should Be:Something that fulfills the assignmentSomething you care aboutSomething that can easily be researchedSomething that others will be interested inreading aboutSpecificGet topic ideas from:Current events / the newsOther media (music, books, television, films)Your personal life
  3. 3. STEP 2: GENERATE IDEASSTEP 2: GENERATE IDEASBrainstormMake a mind mapMake Lists◦ Facts◦ Beliefs◦ Questions
  4. 4. STEP 3: RESEARCHSTEP 3: RESEARCHRead essays/articles about your topicWrite down quotesWrite down facts and statisticsKeep track of your sourcesOrganize your files***
  5. 5. Step 4: WRITE AN OUTLINEStep 4: WRITE AN OUTLINETopicMain ideaKey pointsSupporting evidenceOpinions (if they apply)
  6. 6. STEP 5: INTRODUCTIONSTEP 5: INTRODUCTIONWrite a clear thesis statementHook your readerOutline essay in 3-4 sentences
  7. 7. STEP 6: BODYSTEP 6: BODYThree paragraphs, 4-6 sentences eachEach paragraph should explain one ideaFlesh out ideas with facts, statistics,quotes (and sometimes opinions)Think visuallyWrite as if you were speaking
  8. 8. STEP 7: CLOSING / CONCLUSIONSTEP 7: CLOSING / CONCLUSIONSummarize your essayMake a strong statementEnd on a quote, possible action or leavethe reader with a question
  9. 9. STEP 8: CHECK YOUR WORKSTEP 8: CHECK YOUR WORKCheck Spelling and GrammarCite your sources***Use another set of eyes
  10. 10. STEP 9: REVISESTEP 9: REVISEGet notes and feedbackCorrect errorsDo more research if necessaryRewrite based on feedback and newinformationGet MORE notes and feedback
  11. 11. STEP 10: THE FINAL DRAFTSTEP 10: THE FINAL DRAFTRepeat step ninePay attention to languageCreate a title pageCreate a works cited pageTurn in work that you are PROUD of
  12. 12. USEFUL RESOURCESUSEFUL RESOURCESwww.Dictionary.comwww.Thesaurus.comwww.encyclopedia.comhttp://library.duke.edu/research/citing/http://www1.aucegypt.edu/academic/writers/www.unesco.orghttp://library.pba.edu/Research_Websites.htm

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