Essay Dos and Donts: A Practical Guide to Essay Writing

Paperback | February 16, 2017

byLucia Engkent, Garry Engkent

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Now in a second edition, Essay Do's and Don'ts is a concise, practical guide on the fundamentals of essay writing loaded with research tips, writing samples, and practice exercises that will help students build the essential skills they need to produce well-written, highly effectiveessays.

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Now in a second edition, Essay Do's and Don'ts is a concise, practical guide on the fundamentals of essay writing loaded with research tips, writing samples, and practice exercises that will help students build the essential skills they need to produce well-written, highly effectiveessays.

Lucia Engkent has taught English composition and English for Academic Purposes for more than thirty years in several post-secondary institutions, including Seneca College, the University of Waterloo, York University, and the University of Alberta. Throughout her teaching career, she has written instructional materials such as instituti...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:February 16, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgements1. 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 criticallyPractise writingKnow your strengths and weaknessesEdit and correct your workUse resources wiselyCommunicate with your instructorBecoming a better writer2. 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 conclusionEdit your draftStudy sample essaysPractise essay writingEssay checklist3. Types of EssaysMain types of essaysDistinguish between personal and impersonal essaysNarrateDescribeIllustrateClassify and defineDescribe processExplain cause and effectsComparePersuadeAnswering essay questions on testsApproaching essay assignments4. Writing about ReadingsDistinguish between fiction and non-fictionParaphraseSummarizeAnalyze non-fictionAnalyze fictionUnderstand literary termsWriting about what you read5. Research and DocumentationPrepare for research workFind suitable sources of informationTake notes as you researchFollow the basic principles of documentationQuote effectivelyUse MLA citation styleUse in-text citation (MLA)Prepare a Works Cited page (MLA)Sample research essay (MLA)Use APA citation styleUse in-text citation (APA)Prepare a References page (APA)Sample research essay (APA)Research guidelines6. 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, and clauses with coordinating conjunctionsMake adverb clauses with subordinating 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 mistakesGrammar checklist8. 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: Selected Readings"Beware the Risks of Smartphones and Tablets in Schools" by Sachin Maharaj NEW"Why Are We So Scared of Eye Contact?" by Katrina Onstad NEW"We All Should Worry about Cellphone Searches" by William Kowalski NEW"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: Sample Annotated EssaysAppendix C: Answer KeyGlossaryIndex

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"I cannot think of a single book that does exactly what this one does in such a condensed way ... It is very impressive how much succinct and valuable instruction the authors were able to put into this tightly packed book ... It is current and fresh in its relation to the discipline." --Stephen Schwartz, Seneca College