Chapter 2         ENGL 1301Professor Bouchard
First: In order to be successful, you need to fully understand the assignment. Ask your professor for clarification on an...
 Once you have a good understanding of the  assignment, consider the following: Length, purpose, audience, occasion and ...
Beginning stages: Narrow your subject. i.e. Stem- Cell research to Using stem-cell research to cure  multiple sclerosis...
Freewriting: Freewriting is a strategy to help you generate ideas and  support for your newly discovered topic. The idea...
Brainstorming: This is a step much like freewriting, however, brainstorming is more “controlled.” Freewriting should hav...
Informal Outline: Make an outline that has the “skeleton” for your essay. This allows you to fill in the information as ...
Thesis: Once you have done all the preparations for coming up  with the best topic, it is time to make your *thesis* A t...
Continue: It may be helpful to include a one-sentence statement  of your thesis statement when you are still in the  begi...
Lastly: Once you have done all of your preparations, you are  ready to start writing. Take your time, and slow down the ...
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  1. 1. Chapter 2 ENGL 1301Professor Bouchard
  2. 2. First: In order to be successful, you need to fully understand the assignment. Ask your professor for clarification on anything. Understanding the assignment is paramount and comes even before “pre-writing.”
  3. 3.  Once you have a good understanding of the assignment, consider the following: Length, purpose, audience, occasion and your own knowledge of the topic. Your instructor will always give you all of the information you need to know in order to prepare accordingly for the assignment. No curve balls!
  4. 4. Beginning stages: Narrow your subject. i.e. Stem- Cell research to Using stem-cell research to cure multiple sclerosis i.e. Cats to College students need a cat in order to be successful in their studies. Ask yourself questions. If you cannot answer your own questions, you may not have the right topic. It is okay to change your topic. Writing should not be scary, but honest and encouraging.
  5. 5. Freewriting: Freewriting is a strategy to help you generate ideas and support for your newly discovered topic. The idea is to let your ideas flow. Do not stop writing. Keep your hand moving and keep moving forward.
  6. 6. Brainstorming: This is a step much like freewriting, however, brainstorming is more “controlled.” Freewriting should have helped you get “off the path” and let your ramblings flow to different dimensions. When brainstorming, it may be helpful to do some “doodling” or “mapping.”
  7. 7. Informal Outline: Make an outline that has the “skeleton” for your essay. This allows you to fill in the information as you go. There’s not a “right” way to construct your outline. Just make sure it is organized in the best fashion that allows you the opportunity to excel.
  8. 8. Thesis: Once you have done all the preparations for coming up with the best topic, it is time to make your *thesis* A thesis statement is more than a title, an announcement, or a fact. Your thesis should tell your purpose and your argument. I.E. Hybrid cars / Hybrid cars are more energy efficient than cars with standard gasoline engines/ Hybrid cars that use both gasoline and electricity would decrease our country’s dependence on foreign oil.
  9. 9. Continue: It may be helpful to include a one-sentence statement of your thesis statement when you are still in the beginning stages of writing. An effective thesis should: 1. clearly express your essay’s main idea. 2. communicate your essay’s purpose. 3. is clearly worded.
  10. 10. Lastly: Once you have done all of your preparations, you are ready to start writing. Take your time, and slow down the writing process. These are steps to help the *process* of your writing. If you are able to successfully do this on every essay, you will feel confident in your writing.

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