Start quickly, write easy parts first, keep moving, quit when you know what comes next.
7 common purposes for writing
express feelings, learning, informing, explaining, persuading, exploring, entertaining
3 guidelines for choosing a subject
interesting to you, knowlegable about, restricted (not too broad)
writing nonstop for a specific period of time. Keep writing even if you repeat word or phrase until new thought comes to mind.
3 characteristics of effective thesis statements
clearly expresses your essays main idea
8 ways to begin an introduction
background information, definition of relevant term or concept, anecdote or story, quotation, question,contradiction, fact or statistic
What not to do in an introduction
dont apologize, in my opinion, dictionary terms, don't announce, don't wander
What's in a name essay
civil rights movement- 64 prohibited discrimination, 65 voting rights, 68- housing, real estate
convey personal feelings, used in diaries, personal emails, journals, descriptive essays, narratives
convince readers to think or act in a certain way. editorials, argumentive essays, research papers etc
Advice for revising an essay
cooling off period, revise on paper (hard copy), read aloud, get feedback from peers, don't get overwhelmed, don't let ego get in way, revise in stages-large elements
4 ways to conclude an essay
review key points or restate thesis, recommendation of a problem or recommedation, prediction, relevant quotation
smoothly and logically connected to one another strengthened 3 ways.
repeat key words, pronouns refer to key nouns in previous sentences, transitions-words or expressions show chronological sequence, cause and effect etc....
Well developed paragraph
unified, coherent, organized according to a specific pattern of development. Each paragraph supports thesis statement.
occasionally used to set off and emphasize information with in a sentence. Used in moderation in college
introduce lists, examples, and clarifications. should only be preceeded by a complete sentence. used in moderation in college.
Myth 1 Good writers are born not made, writing courses don't help
Fact:Writers acquire their skills the same way atheletes do, through practice and hard work.
Myth 2 Writing courses are just a review of boring grammar and punctuation
Fact: Learning and communicating come first in writing courses.
Myth 3: Writing courses are not important in college or in the real world.
Fact: they have a siginificant effect on success in college, on the job and in real life.
Overview of content, skim work to get general sense of writers ideas, subject, main point, purpose, audience, assumption about audience, biases, themes, etc...