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?)


http://www.jilks.com/portfolio/images/5paragraphChecklist.jpg5. 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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