How to write an effective essay

How to write an effective essay


Introduction:

Are writing essays a pain? By using my ideas and formats I can help you to lessen that pain.
I want to share my talent of writing with others so that they can benefit from it. I am in the top of my class for writing and I use this format when writing my essays. Each time that I have used this format, I have frequently ended up with a grade above 90%. This Knol is designed to help scholars who are in high school or early in college with writing an informative essay. If writing essays have always been a trouble to you, do not fear because by using the ideas in my Knol you will better yourself in the area of essay writing. There are three main points to writing your final essay. We start with the outline.

Outline
My thought is that the best way to start any essay is by first writing an outline. This is because writing an outline is just so practical that it would be very unwise not to make one before writing your essay. An outline helps you to organize your thoughts and to help formulate a rough draft for your essay. It also helps you to keep track of the logical ordering; as well as show relationships, create an ordered overview, and to define boundaries and groups. As you can see, writing an outline is very helpful. Once you have your outline done, it will become much easier to create your rough draft and then a final essay. I have provided you with an outline to help get you going. To start, for each letter: write one or more sentences. When you use my outline and ideas, your essay will probably look similar to the picture below. Click here for more on writing an outline.




Here is the outline:

Title

I. Introduction:
a. Attention getter
b. Introduction to topic
c. Points that will be covered in the essay (usually 3+)
d. Proof or explanation
e. Thesis Statement

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II. First body paragraph:
a. Transition/topic sentence
b. Supporting details-come from research
c. Supporting details-could be quotes, paraphrases or examples
d. Proof or explanation
e. Link to thesis and transition sentence to the next paragraph

III. Second body paragraph:
a. Transition/topic sentence
b. Supporting details-come from research
c. Supporting details-could be quotes, paraphrases or examples
d. Proof or explanation
e. Link to thesis and transition sentence to the next paragraph

IV. Third body paragraph:
a. Transition/topic sentence
b. Supporting details-come from research
c. Supporting details-could be quotes, paraphrases or examples
d. Proof or explanation
e. Link to thesis and transition sentence to the next paragraph

V. Any body paragraph:
a. Transition/topic sentence
b. Supporting details-come from research
c. Supporting details-could be quotes, paraphrases or examples
d. Proof or explanation
e. Link to thesis and transition sentence to the next paragraph

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VI. Conclusion:
a. Reiterate thesis
b. Summarization of essay
c. Closing point
d. Closing Point
e. Closing statement

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Rough Draft
Now that you are finished writing your outline, it's time to start writing your rough draft. Your rough draft uses the sentences from your outline in order. The reason we compose a rough draft is to put your ideas on paper in the essay format, so that you get an idea of what your final will look like, and to have a chance to fix all of your errors for getting the final grade. The rough draft does not need to look great, just a copy that is to help you to visualize what the final will look like. When writing a rough draft the main thing that scholars do is to revise, revise, revise. Have someone else revise it for you, have a teacher also revise it. Revision is the whole reason that we create a rough draft-to make it presentable when we turn it in. Click here for more on writing your rough draft.





Final Draft
Now that your rough draft is finally done, you are ready to start your final essay. In your final essay, you take all the things that you used from your outline and put them together. You then go through your essay one last time before you turn it in. Double check that you put all your paragraphs in the right order. Make sure your transitions sound right, and that your thesis statement covers all three (or more) of your body paragraphs.Make sure you made all the right corrections, finish any last details, cited all of your work correctly, etc. Then you are ready to turn in your final essay and get an A! Click here for more on writing your final draft.




Extra Tips:

When writing the attention getter
DO- Have a partner read it and have them tell you if it gets their attention or not. A good attention getter might start with a noise, a quote or an action that leaves the reader feeling like they want to know what happened.
DO NOT-Start the attention getter with a question. Have a friend or other individual read it. Friends have a tendency to tell you that anything you write is good. Constructive criticism is AWESOME, it really helps to have someone that truly wants to help improve your essay!
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When writing the thesis statement
DO-Include all the points that you will be talking about in your body paragraphs. Make sure that the points you are discussing are in the same order that you will have them in your body paragraphs. It helps to put the points from the weakest first to the strongest last. Be creative about what you put in your thesis, it should be the strongest senctence in your essay. Readers have a tendency to remember what they read last the most.
DO NOT-When you write your thesis statement, it does not need to be very long. Don't forget to include all the points you will be discussing in your paragraphs, this is vital to your entire essay. When you try to be creative about your thesis don't write the first thing that comes to your mind. This is because it's likely that your other classmates have done this and the teacher will notice. If you spend more time thinking about it you can come up with a thesis that is completely different from your other classmates and sounds much better too! Click here for more reading on writing your thesis.

When writing the transition/topic sentences
DO-Include the important part of the last sentence from the paragraph before it and work it into the first sentence of the next paragraph. Make sure that you relate the last paragraph to what you will be talking about in the remainder of the paragraph, and clearly state the topic of the new paragraph.
DO NOT-Make sure that you are not making boring transition/topic sentences, they will only degrate from the rest of the paragraph. Click here for more reading on writing your transition/topic sentences.

When reiterating the thesis
DO-Use all three main points discussed in the paragraphs. Make sure that it still transitions from the last paragraph before it nicely. Essentially you say the same things as your thesis, but be creative and try to make it more interesting than your beginning thesis statement. It always helps to have a strong ending.
DO NOT-Again, make sure that your restatement is not too long so that you will not bore the reader. Also, do not put the three points in the same order because it will sound repetitive. Click here for more reading on restating your thesis.

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