ESSAYWRITINGHOW TO PLAN AND WRITE YOURESSAY
Types of essay –discursive and persuasive   Discursive - systematically presents arguments in favour    of both sides thr...
Essays are importantbecause… It deepens your learning of the  subject you are studying You learn to use ideas to argue a...
PLAN YOUR ESSAY Introduction – what the topic is and what  it involves. Signpost what you will be  looking at in the essa...
STYLE The style should be formal No contractions such as  didn‟t, couldn‟t, wouldn‟t, shouldn‟  t No slang No use of “...
STYLE - LINKING     Introducing a contrast                              Making connections     However                ...
Top essay mistakes!   The student fails to address what is being asked of them    – for example, they are asked to „discu...
REFERENCING   You must reference any quoted material and    include a bibliography at the end of your    essay.   Use th...
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Essay writing

  1. 1. ESSAYWRITINGHOW TO PLAN AND WRITE YOURESSAY
  2. 2. Types of essay –discursive and persuasive Discursive - systematically presents arguments in favour of both sides through specific examples, reasons, and justifications. After finishing this type of discursive essay, the informed reader should be able to reach a concrete conclusion given available information. Persuasive - to persuade readers and often deals with a contentious topic or one over which there are conflicting opinions. Current affairs issues are a rich source of persuasive essay topics - whether the monarchy is an outdated institution and same-sex marriage etc.
  3. 3. Essays are importantbecause… It deepens your learning of the subject you are studying You learn to use ideas to argue a case It enables you to enter into a dialogue with your tutors You can extend and refine your thinking and your writing skills
  4. 4. PLAN YOUR ESSAY Introduction – what the topic is and what it involves. Signpost what you will be looking at in the essay. 3 paragraphs which deal with points in favour of the issue. 3 paragraphs which deal with points against the issue. A conclusion in which you reflect upon the issue and detail your own point of view.
  5. 5. STYLE The style should be formal No contractions such as didn‟t, couldn‟t, wouldn‟t, shouldn‟ t No slang No use of “I” Use quite long, complex sentences
  6. 6. STYLE - LINKING  Introducing a contrast  Making connections  However  Furthermore  On the other hand  Additionally  Alternatively  In addition to  Despite this  As well as  Having said that  Moreover  Although  Therefore  Nevertheless  Likewise  but  also
  7. 7. Top essay mistakes! The student fails to address what is being asked of them – for example, they are asked to „discuss‟ an issue but they present a one-sided-argument The essay is poorly structured, perhaps missing an introduction or failing to reach a conclusion based on the evidence presented The arguments are weak, not supported by evidence/reason or authority, or are non existent The materials used are not properly referenced or no supporting material is cited The student has included too much background or description and not enough critical analysis
  8. 8. REFERENCING You must reference any quoted material and include a bibliography at the end of your essay. Use the Harvard System …but more about that in the next slideshow I have put some information on the blog for you under the useful website section

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