Find an example
- How to get examples.
- Your teacher may provide you with an example.
- Text book or google search.
- Google search.
Deconstruct your example.
- Find the thesis
- Find topic sentences
- Outline paragraphs
- Note important words
- Note examples
Do some research
- Find your own examples.
- Wikipedia Sources.
- Read the news everyday.
Construct yours using the example
- Make an outline
- Say it, then write it
- Rewrite thesis statement.
- Rewrite the topic sentences.
- Build the paragraphs with your examples.
Here are some words to avoid using
- they when no antecedent is present
- people or peoples
- these days
Here are rhetorical devices to avoid.
- Assertions need to be backed up with details
- Our rights are being take away.
- What rights?
- The government can't do anything right.
- What specifically can't it do correctly?
Cite Your Sources
- Citing sources means that you are being accountable to your reader.
- No sources. No credibility.
- Because I said so isn't credible.
- MLA, APA, and Turabian are citation methods.
- Newspapers: According to Dr Smartperson at the University of Smartpeople...
- Avoid repetition
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut out a word, always cut it out
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a Jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
The Power of Simple WordsBe Concise - cont.
Comparing wordy and conciseBe Concise - cont.
- In this essay, I am going to spend the next five pages explaining the fact that the government is constantly taking away our rights.
- The government is undermining our Constitutional rights.