Essay & Research Paper Level
Select from . . * Principles of Composition * Index THE WRITING PROCESS Writer's Block Freewriting Clustering Outlining A Sense of Purpose Tone Maintaining Objectivity Concrete, Specific Language Unbiased Language Building Your Vocabulary Avoiding Plagiarism Being Logical Formatting Papers Editing Process Computer as Writing Assistant Deadly Sins Checklist Proofreading Symbols STRUCTURAL CONSIDERATIONS The Thesis Statement Transitions Beginnings Conclusions The Five-Paragraph Essay PATTERNS OF ORGANIZATION Organizing Principles Mixing the Patterns The Personal Essay Narrative or Descriptive Describing a Process Comparison & Contrast Using Examples Classification / Analysis Developing a Definition Evaluative Essay (Review) Cause and Effect Argumentative Essay Writing about Literature Research Papers (mla-style) Research Papers (apa) Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices
Select from . . Ask Grammar (questions) Grammarlogs (answers) 170+ Interactive QUIZZES INDEX for Entire Guide Frequently Asked Questions Search Engine Peripherals & PowerPoints
Select from . . Powerpoint Presentations Merriam-Webster's Dictionary Forms of Communication Grammar English's Bookshelf Other Online Resources Grammar as Teacher Writers on Writing Anomalous Anonymies Solecisms of Pres. Bush Caveat Lector Author's Credentials NCTE on Teaching Composition GrammarPoll, Guestbook, Awards
Select from . . Ask Grammar GrammarPoll Referral Form Guestbook Guestbook Archives Trophy Cabinet powered by FreeFind Text-only version of this page The Guide to Grammar and Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation , a nonprofit 501 c-3 organization that supports scholarships, faculty development, and curriculum innovation. If you feel we have provided something of value and wish to show your appreciation, you can assist the College and its students with a tax-deductible contribution.
Practice organizing your writing. Before starting your written response allow 2-5 minutes to make an outline of your essay. Do not worry that the time is running, a good outline will save you lots of troubles and time while writing. The essay outline should include the major ideas for the paragraphs in 2-3 main phrases per paragraph, as well as some examples and supporting details. Do not write complete sentences, but some words and phrases that may help you follow that outline and add additional information to develop a well-organized and coherent essay.
– Write too many words if your English is average (aim for 250-265)
– Use contractions such as “don’t”, “shouldn’t”, etc
– Overuse connecting words (assessors expect that!)
– Jump from one idea to the next: link, link, link!
– Mix arguments “for” and “against” in the same paragraph
– Use the wrong tone (essays are always formal)
– Use abbreviations
– Repeat words or overuse primitive verbs (does, makes, gets)
– Cross out many things
– Write illegibly
– Use idioms too frequently or inappropriately
– Write in a babyish manner (bad grammar and poorly developed ideas)
– Become a clock victim (constantly look at the clock and panic)
– Start writing without a plan
– Forget to leave a blank line between paragraphs
– Use generalisations (“All”, “Every”) as this reflects an immature way of thinking
– Use simple sentences if you want a high score
– Use cliches as they are often too informal
– Use ‘lazy’ expressions (“and so on”, “etc”).
– Copy part of task question
– Agree with both sides – choose one side to make your opinion clear
– Let adrenaline make you arrogant
– Go off topic