|Timed writing essays show
how you put your knowledge to use; that is, they show how skillfully
and thoughtfully you use language.
Generally, test readers look to see
understand the prompt or question.
state and support a position on an issue
and/or apply information to new situations.
analyze concepts, apply information to
new situations, or critique another person's position.
write a well crafted essay that speaks
to partiuclar readers who might be interested in what yu have to say about
the assigned topic.
give specific details and examples to support
the thesis. (Hint: use transition phrases such as for example or
proofread to correct grammar/spelling punctuation.
(Hint: become aware of your problem areas and focus on them.)
Before you begin to write:
When you write:
read the prompt/question 2-3 times; make
sure you understand the writing task.
circle/underline keywords that signal a
purpose; e.g., describe, discuss, compare, contrast,
explain the significance of a concept, comment on a quotation, summarize
critique a position, synthesize information from several sources. . . .
SPEND TIME (10 minutes or so) on brainstorming
(list or outline ideas); use the who, what where, why when heuristic.
Organize your brainstorming
Use language from prompt in your introductory
paragraph; don't write a long introduction. Get to your point quickly.
Create a thesis (your paper's focus and,
if appropriate, indicate the points you will discuss)
Use comfortable language (words you can
spell and use correctly)
STAY ON TOPIC!
Save time (5 minutes or so) to proofread/edit