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Guidelines for Writing Essays

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Guidelines for Writing Essays Each of the progress evaluations and each exam requires that you write essays in response to specific questions. Consider the following guidelines as you develop your essays. 1. Good essays generally begin with a clear statement of purpose. If you are writing to defend a particular point of view, this will be a statement of belief or opinion. If you are writing to describe a collection of information, you should state your purpose and identify the topic you are writing about. Use your statement of purpose to indicate how your information or evidence will be organized. Example: Beowulf is not an ideal leader because his impulsive heroic behavior leaves his people without leadership. 2. Good essays are well-organized. Begin with the statement of purpose described above. Then organize your information carefully. Begin with the least important information. Conclude with the most important information. In the example above, the reader would expect a discussion of Beowulf’s impulsive behavior and how it brought suffering to his people.
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