Monday, January 11, 2010

How to write an essay

 1. Brainstorm topic sentences, if not already assigned -
  • What do you like, love, remember, feel
  • What is your first memory, your earlier, earliest, most recent memory?
  • What are you obsessions, problems, dreams, understandings, confusions, passions, sorrows?
  • What are your accomplishments, fears, 
  • What are the risks you've taken that earned you something?
  • What are your favourites: pets (now or in the past), teachers, places, hobbies, sports, games, music, books, poems, poets, songs, movies, writers, artists, foods, pet peeves?
  • What are your most beloved possessions?
  • Who was your first love?
  • Write about an undeveloped Country? Compare it to your own.

2. Number these topics in the order of your current best idea, #1, #2, #3.

3. a) Some people just like to begin writing. If so, give yourself some quality time to write about topic #1.
   b) Organize yourself by jotting notes into a semantic organizer.  

4. Remember to answer the Who, What, When, Why, Where, So What questions! (So what= conclusion, or significance of this piece of writing, why is this important to write about?) Either put the work aside, give it some time to settle, or immediately reread your piece of writing.
Ask yourself questions about content, see the graphic for more checklists.
  • Does it make sense? 
  • Does it say what you meant it to say?
  • Do it flow?
  • Are you happy with the topic?

6. Check each paragraph for a topic sentence, Introduction, Ideas, opinions supported by facts, Adjectives.

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