Writing Fabulous Essays in English by hji18939


									               Writing Fabulous Essays in English
  If there are three essential qualities of any essay, they would be:

1. Clarity (your assertions are made instantly aware to the audience)
2. Sophistication (appropriate use of abstract concepts and words)
3. Validity (ensuring what you are saying is relevant to the question, as well as
   using quotes where needed)

  It is important to realise the form of an essay is as personal as the form of a short story or
  poem, and that to perfect essay style and structure, a student must practice to realise the
  method that works most effectively for them. No single "how to" guide will ensure you top
  marks for an essay; it merely gives you the recommended basics. The finest essayists will
  weave sophisticated and innovative responses around their given question with stylistic
  creativity and originality. Those who are new to essay writing will use tools such as this as
  a starting point, but should not follow them to-the-letter in every essay they continue to

  Before You Start Writing
  1.    Underline key aspects of the question, making sure you know exactly
       what it is asking you to do.
  2.    Identify which aspects of your set text and supplementary material are
       relevant to the question. Stick to this plan. Some aspects of your texts that
       you may have focused on in class will not be relevant to all questions – be
       selective. Most tasks will have a how embedded, so construct a thesis
       which concentrates on the how.

Your Thesis or Opening Paragraph
   Re-state your given question. You may choose to use the exact wording of
    the question or re-word it to suit how you are going to respond to it.

For example if you were asked to discuss this quote...

"Unlike milk, a text will never go old and mouldy; but instead will become
valued like a fine old wine."

...then the following would be appropriate:

"It is not plausible to maintain that a text carries such qualities that it may go
past its use by date; for a text is valued according to the context in which it is
written and may present ideas which are still valid in changing eras."

   Refer to the set text and supplementary material through which you will be
    answering the question
   Outline the approach you will use to answer the question. What will be the
    focus of your essay?

                    Essay Body and Structure
You may wish to include some context information (eg historical, political,
social, and cultural).

For example:

"King Lear is a Shakespearian drama created during the Jacobean period of
England, between the changing rulership of King James and Queen Elizabeth
... a Jacobean audience would have been greatly distressed by the notion of
their ruler changing or surrendering the throne..."

   Analyse your assertion and give evidence. Expand upon what you have
    already introduced with quotes and references.

For example:

"In the initial scene of the drama, the audience is exposed to the patriarch King
Lear choosing to surrender his throne and "dote upon his daughters" and
"shake the cares of age" from his worry, or, synonymously, place the
responsibility of ruling the kingdom upon his kin..."

   Link your assertion to your Opening/Thesis Paragraph. Tie everything
     you have asserted already, back to the question to show you have
     answered it.
For example:

"Because King Lear proceeds to divide his kingdom, he is emphasising a
Marxist notion which is recognised in and valued by changing contexts...
Although an old text, King Lear can still be valued... "

Other Tips:

     make sure the topic sentence of each paragraph addresses the question
     develop your essay by addressing the first aspect of your thesis in the first paragraph
      of the body and relating this to your prescribed text. Then elaborate your point by
      referring closely to the text to support your point. Some quotation is essential
     ensure that you have been specific enough about the form, mode and medium so
      that the marker can not possibly mistake for example, a film for a novel. What
      aspects of the film (editing, framing, mise-en-scene, design, acting, and genre) can
      convince the assessor that this text is indeed a film?
     Make it easy for the marker to follow the flow of your argument by using clear
      signposts such as: in addition, moreover, on the other hand, consequently etc.

     use language appropriate to the type of text you are discussing eg protagonist
      (dramatic text) persona (poem) hero (prose fiction) etc.
     even fleeting references to aspects of texts not analysed fully can give a good
      impression as long as there is detailed analysis of the minimum number of texts
      specified by the question.

              Closing Paragraph or Conclusion
5. Reword Your Given Question and conclude by summarising what you have
said in your essay and close.

For example:

"Conclusively, as discussed above, a text does not lose its value over the course
of time, but instead finds greater value and meaning as it is applied to changing
contexts ..."


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