Essay Dos and Donts: A Practical Guide to Essay Writing

Paperback | January 18, 2013

byLucia Engkent, Garry Engkent

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Loaded with practical tips, writing samples, and exercises, this concise guide to the fundamentals of essay writing will help students build the essential skills they need to produce well-written, highly effective essays.

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Loaded with practical tips, writing samples, and exercises, this concise guide to the fundamentals of essay writing will help students build the essential skills they need to produce well-written, highly effective essays.

Lucia Engkent is professor in the School of English and Liberal Studies at Seneca College. Garry Engkent is professor in the School of English and Liberal Studies at Seneca College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.54 inPublished:January 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. The BasicsWrite clearly and conciselyAnswer the question and follow instructionsFollow the writing processHave something to sayMake your point and support itRecognize the difference between spoken and written EnglishUse appropriate styleReadThink criticallyPractice writingKnow your strengths and weaknessesUse resources wiselyCommunicate with your instructor2. Essay StructureChoose your topic wiselyBrainstorm to gather your ideasOrganize your ideas into body paragraphsWrite an outlineWrite an effective thesis statementWrite a titleIntroduce your topicDevelop ideas in body paragraphsWrite a satisfying conclusionRevise and edit your draftStudy sample essaysPractice essay writing3. Types of EssaysDistinguish between personal and impersonal essaysNarrateDescribeIllustrateClassify and defineDescribe processExplain causes and effectsComparePersuadeAnswering essay questions on tests4. Writing About LiteratureDistinguish between fiction and non-fictionParaphraseSummarizeAnalyze non-fictionAnalyze fictionAnalyze, don't retellAnalyze poetryUnderstand literary terms5. Research and DocumentationPrepare for research workFollow the basic principles of documentationFind suitable sources of informationTake notes as you researchUse MLA in-text citationQuote effectivelyPrepare a Works Cited pageSample research essayUse APA style in the sciences6. VocabularyRecognize parts of speechUnderstand usage - the way words are usedUse synonyms and antonymsConsider connotationRecognize jargon, register, dialect, slang, and idiomsImprove your spellingBuild your vocabularyUse precise vocabulary for clarity and concisenessVocabulary checklist7. Grammar and Sentence StructureRecognize subjects and predicatesUse verb tenses correctlyUse the passive voice effectivelyMake sure pronouns have clear, correct antecedentsUse singular and plural forms correctlyForm possessives correctlyDon't confuse s endingsUnderstand the use of prepositionsJoin words, phrases, or clauses with co-ordinating conjunctionsMake adverb clauses with subordinate conjunctionsUse adjective clauses to add informationUse noun clauses as subjects or objectsReduce clauses to phrases for concisenessAvoid misplaced modifiersUse clauses and phrases effectivelyEnsure sentences are completeCorrect your mistakes8. Punctuation and FormatMark the end of each sentenceCapitalize proper nouns and the first word of a sentenceSeparate sections of a sentence with commasDistinguish between semicolons and colonsUse apostrophes for possession and contractionsUse space correctlyShow quotationsDistinguish hyphens from dashesUse italics for words used in special waysFormat your essayPunctuation and format checklistAppendix A: Readings"Taming My Elephant, and Yours" by Margaret Wente"What if Dostoyevsky Had Been an Online Gambler?" by John Sainsbury"The Moose and the Sparrow" by Hugh Garner"The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan PoeAppendix B: Annotated EssaysAppendix C: Answer KeyGlossaryIndex

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