Have you ever written you heart out for an essay project, only to have it returned with a low score and covered in red ink? If so, you’re not alone. But I have good news for you. Anyone can master these 5 steps to essay writing success. They are a failproof roadmap for virtually any kind of expository essay project, whether it be the standard five-paragraph essay or the 2,000+ word research paper.
This class will focus on the mechanics of good essay writing and break down each step with clear directions, specific examples, and practice exercises. Its sister course, MLA Documentation and Format: What you need to know to keep from losing your mind or reputation, will break down the incredibly important aspect of proper documentation for sources (using MLA format). However, not all essays are research essays, so that’s why the two topics are handled separately.
This course is ideal for 7-12th graders, because regardless of the essay’s level of difficulty, the same basic principles apply. It’s also a perfect refresher course for adults who are returning to the classroom themselves or wanting to help their student understand essay writing but haven’t picked up an English textbook in a while.
Step 1: Choose an appropriate topic for the project.
Step 2: Identify a limited, provable thesis.
Step 3: Outline it!
Step 4: Write that Rough Draft, no matter how ugly it is.
Step 5: Polish your Final Draft.