Writing Essays for Liberal Arts Exams www.utexas.edu/student/utlc Criteria considered important to all competent writing: • Perspective. Good writing has a way of seeing, best expressed through a point of view or thesis. • Audience. Good writing is appropriate to the reader, the purpose and the occasion. • Evidence. Good writing makes use of detail to persuade or inform the reader. • Logic. Good writing is coherent from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, beginning to end. • Correctness. Good writing displays competence in grammar and punctuation, and accuracy in spelling. Criteria considered important to essays: • Thesis. A good introduction contains a thesis statement that clearly, concisely and directly answers the question or makes an argument. • Overview. A good introduction pre-outlines the topics to be discussed and the order in which they will appear in the essay. • Paragraphs.
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