The Basics of Essay Writing

The Basics of Essay Writing

Essay writing is an essential skill for students at all academic levels, and the ability to produce clear, well-argued essays is key to good coursework and passing exams. This text offers the new or under-confident essay writer all the guidance and advice needed to develop and improve their skills.

Essay Writing

Teaching the Basics from the Ground Up

Essay Writing

The skills required to write an essay are the same skills required to write a speech, to prepare a persuasive argument, to prove a point, or to explain an idea. If we can help our students acquire these skills as we teach “the essay,” we will have assisted them in accomplishing truly valuable life skills. Essay Writing contains easy-to-incorporate lessons along with tips for teaching specific concepts that range from pre-writing exercises to revising and editing to celebrating the final product. This down-to-earth look at the foundations of good essay writing is full of useful ideas and strategies that help students: build skills in writing on a wide range of topics; distinguish between formal and informal writing; use effective pre-writing techniques such as brainstorming, making an outline,gathering information, and evaluating the relevance of information; gain confidence as they begin to recognize what works and what doesn't. The book incorporates a wide range of innovative approaches to teaching essay writing — from how to “picture” and “act out” an essay to a winning format for a topic sentence and using scattergrams to turn brainstorming into constructive outlines. Throughout the book, assessment tools and marking keys support simple marking techniques that consider not just the final essay, but effort and time on task.

Write Better Essays in Just 20 Minutes a Day

Write Better Essays in Just 20 Minutes a Day

With this self-study book, you practice each new skill as you learn it. You'll find model answers and helpful explanations for all kinds of practice essays, so you'll know you are on the right track. - Find out what evaluators really want to know when they ask you to analyze, classify, evaluate, identify, or illustrate something in an essay exam. - See actual college application essay questions from a variety of universities and real-life essay questions from recent essay exams. - Explore ways to find out what works and what doesn't work as you revise your essay.

Writers at Work: The Essay Student's Book

The Essay

Writers at Work: The Essay Student's Book

Following on from Writers at Work: The Paragraph and Writers at Work: the Short Composition, Writers at Work: The Essay will teach the basics of academic essay writing to intermediate-level students. In Writers at Work: The Essay, college and university students use the process approach to write different genres of essays common at the post-secondary level, the most important being expository writing, persuasive writing, and timed essay exams. Each chapter uses the same five-step approach to writing that is used in the two lower-level books. In each chapter, students analyze a model essay, noticing key organizational and linguistic features; brainstorm ideas; write multiple drafts; revise their work; engage in peer reviews; and share their finished work. Chapters recycle and build upon previously taught material.

Felimanuel Series

Felimanuel Series

"It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked for books. They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. Books are true levelers. They give to all who will faithfully use them, the spiritual presence of the best and greatest of our race. William Ellery Channing Some of the things you will discover in Felimanuel Series, The Magical Secret to Success in English Language, Essay Writing for Junior and Senior High Schools Volume 1, With Bonus Success Secrets: The book is comprehensively, logically and coherently written and the language used is also easy to understand; hence, little or no further explanation is needed. The book teaches how to choose examination questions and answer them without sweat. Sample outlines/plans and sample essays have been written to guide pupils and students. The bonus success secrets will help pupils and students to pass in all seemingly difficult subjects like mathematics and science. The bonus success secrets will also guide pupils and students towards the attainment of greater success in life. The book has been designed in such a way that it can be used for examination purposes and for other practical uses in the day-to-day life of whoever uses it faithfully. In writing this book on English Language, essay writing, I decided to move away from the traditional way of some authors flooding their English Language, essay writing books with so many sample essays based on my experiences as an English teacher some years back. Many pupils / students have the habit of memorizing written essays found in books and reproduce them during examinations, class exercises or when given project/home work when they see that the question being asked is similar to the answered one they came across. I hope the experts in the educational sector will agree with me that this does not augur well for the proper development of the child because he/she would not have the opportunity to think and plan on his /her own before writing a script with originality (I stand to be corrected if I am mistaken). It is in line with this that I have given only single sample essays per essay topic treated with more suggested outlines/plans. Most people often fail to plan their lives and this usually have disastrous effects on them. Also in writing examination, most candidates fail to plan their essays before answering selected questions. As the old adage says, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." It is based on the above that in writing this book, I dedicated the first chapter to the basics of essay writing. Below is an excerpt of chapter one of the book. After high lighting on the basics of essay writing, I went ahead to discuss what paragraphs are and how they can be used in our daily writings. This is followed by the use of punctuation marks. Here again, I have given a comprehensive write-up as to how punctuation marks can be used to enrich our written works. Other topics covered in the book are writing of narrative essays, descriptive essays, friendly letters, semi- formal letters, summary writing, argumentative essays, speeches and talks, report writing, articles for publication, expository essays and advertisement. After a comprehensive, logical and coherent treatment of each topic, I followed up with sample questions, outlines/plans and essays. These are only to serve as a guide to users of the book. I will like to take this opportunity to entreat teachers to encourage pupils /students whom they teach to learn how to write an outline/plan and to use it when answering essay related questions, not only with English language, but with all other subjects that they deem it fit to apply. Some people may not see the usefulness of the outline/plan, but it helps the pupil / stude

Steps to Writing Well

Steps to Writing Well

Reliable and straightforward, this text has helped thousands of students learn to write well. Jean Wyrick’s rhetorically organized STEPS TO WRITING WELL is known for its student-friendly tone and the clear way it presents the basics of essay writing in an easy-to-follow progression of useful lessons and activities. Through straightforward advice and thoughtful assignments, the text gives students the practice they need to approach writing well-constructed essays with confidence. With Wyrick’s helpful instruction and the book’s professional samples by both well-known classic and contemporary writers, STEPS TO WRITING WELL sets students on a solid path to writing success. Everything students need to begin, organize, and revise writing--from choosing a topic to developing the essay to polishing prose--is right here! In the twelfth edition, Wyrick updates and refines the book’s successful approach, adding useful new discussions, readings, exercises, essay assignments, and visual images for analysis. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Essay Writing Made Easy

Presenting Ideas in All Subject Areas

Essay Writing Made Easy

Explore all the basics any student needs to improve their essay writing in all subjects. Learn how to get the best information from interviews and surveys, structure an effective essay, revise and evaluate, write attention-grabbing beginnings and endings, and make the best use of library resources, including CD-ROMs. The book discusses the personal essay, literary essay, review, report, exam essay, and research paper. Dozens of sample essays round out this valuable writing resource.

A Guide to Essay Writing in Russian

A Guide to Essay Writing in Russian

Designed for student of Russians at A Level and beyond, this book first provides guidance on the basics of writing Russian and then goes on to give practical assistance in writing essays and projects in Russian on a range of topics - ranging from climate to organized crime - included in area studies courses on post-Soviet Russia. Each topic is divided into sections on vocabulary, phraseology and useful background information adaptable for self-teaching and for oral conversation classes. Exercises are included on specific grammar points and related vocabulary, all Russian texts included as information source and as models for adaptation are translated, and an English-Russian vocabulary is provided.

Writing Philosophy

A Student's Guide to Writing Philosophy Essays

Writing Philosophy

Writing Philosophy: A Student's Guide to Writing Philosophy Essays is a concise, self-guided manual that covers the basics of argumentative essay writing and encourages students to master fundamental skills quickly, with minimal instructor input. Opening with an introductory chapter on how to read philosophy, the book then moves into the basics of writing summaries and analyzing arguments. It provides step-by-step instructions for each phase of the writing process, from formulating a thesis, to creating an outline, to writing a final draft, supplementing this tutorial approach with model essays, outlines, introductions, and conclusions. Skills essential to evaluating arguments, citing sources, avoiding plagiarism, detecting fallacies, and formatting final drafts are dealt with in detail. The final two chapters serve as a reference guide to common mistakes and basic skills in sentence construction, writing style, and word choice. Employing a rulebook format similar to that of the classic Elements of Style (by Strunk, White, and Angell), Lewis Vaughn distills helpful writing advice into simple rules that students can easily remember and apply--and that instructors can refer to when reviewing student papers. These rules cover essay organization, sentence structure, documentation styles, plagiarism, grammar, usage, and more. Written in a clear and engaging style and incorporating samples of student writing, Writing Philosophy is an indispensable resource for virtually any philosophy course.