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Title: Essay writing: the steps in the process


1
Essay writing the steps in the process
  1. Prewriting
  2. Writing
  3. Rewriting
  4. Editing
  5. Publishing
  • planning it
  • writing it
  • revising/improving it
  • polishing/correcting it
  • turning it in

2
Prewriting
  1. Brainstorm topics and choose one
  2. Listing
  3. Freewriting
  4. Web diagram
  5. Prepare outline of ideas
  6. Write thesis statement

3
Example web
  • Webbing

4
Example outline
  • Outlining
  • I.
  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • II.
  • III.
  • IV.

5
Um, whats a thesis statement?
  • It is a road map for the paper in other words,
    it tells the reader what to expect from the rest
    of the paper.
  • It directly answers the question asked of you. A
    thesis is an interpretation of a question or
    subject, not the subject itself.
  • It is usually a single sentence somewhere in your
    first paragraph that presents your argument to
    the reader.

6
Writing
  1. Write the body
  2. Write the main points
  3. Write the subpoints
  4. Elaborate on the subpoints
  5. Write the introduction
  6. Write the conclusion

7
Rewriting
  • Allow some time so you may reread your writing
    with more objectivity.
  • Check your essay
  • Addresses the assignment?
  • Has good order/organization?
  • Makes sense?
  • Flows smoothly?
  • Remove what doesnt work, add ideas to improve
    it, reorder for stronger impact, etc.

8
Writing Center
  • Did you
  • use it?!

9
Editing
  • Run spelling checker and grammar checker.
  • Have a friend read it with an eye out for errors.
  • Look carefully for the kinds of error you have
    made on past assignments refer to professors
    comments on previous essays.

10
Publishing
  • Turn it in on time!
  • Consider submitting it for essay contests or
    publication in appropriate journals. Ask your
    professor about these opportunities.
  • When you receive it with the professors
    feedback, save it and refer to itand the
    commentsthe next time you write an essay . . .
    Always aim to learn from one essay to improve the
    next one you write!
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