Tips for Essay-Writing - Steps to writing a good...

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Steps to writing a good essay/paper on a literary or historical topic BEFORE YOU BEGIN WRITING LIKE A MANIAC: I. Read the question CAREFULLY. If the question has several parts, read each part separately as well, to make sure you understand all the components of the question. It might be helpful to split a big question into several smaller questions. Also, look for key words, e.g. what, how, why. These tell you what kind of essay to write: "what" and "how" questions are looking for narration of facts and less analysis, while "why" questions require primarily analysis. Also watch out for questions that start with "what is the effect of X?" It is very easy to focus on describing X, instead of discussing its effect. II. Formulate in writing a thesis statement (usually just one or two sentences) that addresses your stance on ALL parts of the question. You will spend the rest of your essay supporting your thesis, so unless you are already a recognized scholar in your field, make
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2010 for the course CC 32770 taught by Professor Popov-reynolds during the Spring '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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