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09/04/2019

how to write a good essay?

QUESTION
how to write a good essay?
I am in grade 11, and I have my essay final exam next friday. I’m not good at writing essays, mainly because my arguments do not fit the thesis, or the thesis does not really fir the topic. For some reason, I have difficulty with that. Also, I have difficulty coming up with arguments, let alone supporting detail. My sevidence is not detaield enough, or not strong enough, and I can’t seem to be able to do that well. I don’t know what the topic will be, but I will have to use all the literary works I have studied this year to for evidence.

Have any suggestions in how I should prepare for this?

Thanks!

ANSWER
Hello Inez, What a good question! Even after graduating with a degree in English and writing hundreds of papers I still rely on one single thing to help me write the best possible essay I can . . . an outline. See, the problem with most essays is that the content is disorganized. You may have great ideas and facts that you want to write about, but somewhere during the writing process you start mixing them up. Suddenly your perfect paper sounds all wrong and you want to scream! I’ve found that the best papers I’ve ever written (meaning my A papers) have all started with a good, solid outline. Once you have an outline down, your paper writes itself. Your thoughts are organized and the teacher can understand your main point (which is your thesis) and how you supported that point. A focused paper is the key to writing a good essay. Here’s the format for the outline I usually follow:

I. Topic / Title

II. Introduction of Essay
A. Write a few sentences that lead into the main point of your essay
B. End the paragraph with your thesis statement (3 main points you are going to support)
1. First point in thesis
2. Second point in thesis
3. Third point in thesis

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