4 Major Essay Types
4 Major Essay Types
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities...
Editable scaffolding and differentiating drafting tool to guide student's writing while drafting a literary analysis. Text boxes...
Hi, I'm learning how to write essays but I'm not sure whether I got everything right. So, can anyone take a look at what I wrote and let me know what is missing and what should be removed (this piece...
Prompt: Explain the popularity of Science Fiction. Use at least one work from this genre to explain its appeal. Science fiction is one of my favorite genres. I love it (and I suspect many of its readers love it) because despite its trappings of the future, good science fiction is very much a reflection of the time period in which it is written. One of Sci-Fi's major draws for me... read more
As a retired English professor, I graded literally thousands of essays. I know what I am doing. So, you send me your essay for corrections. You get it back with the equivalent of arterial blood spray on it. What do you do next? First, be delighted that someone had the courage to give you an honest opinion. Do you really want someone to tell you "oh,... read more
Have you ever thought about your writing process? How do you tackle your written assignments? What feelings, ideas or fears does the thought...
One of the most common problems I see in my students' writing is their use of evidence. What constitutes good evidence? What is a good source? The first thing I tell all of my students is that Wikipedia is never an acceptable source. Why not? Wikipedia is written and edited by a variety of people who may or may not have expertise in the topic about... read more
I will be applying to college and I don't know where to begin with writing my college application essay. Help!
Students have a wonderful opportunity to show admissions officers who they really are, by using the college essay to stand out from the crowd. In my experience, if you find a topic that you care about, and you write an essay that speaks from your heart, you will have a successful application experience. Admissions officers have to read dozens of applications per day in the 'busy season'. If you... read more
Good morning, lovely learners! Time to rise and shine and, well, learn. Today's post is the last in three I've done on Aristotle's Rhetoric Trifecta. We've done pathos--persuasion by emotion--and logos--argument by logic--but now it's time to end this with a final powerhouse punch: ethos. Ethos is persuasion by authority. A little strange, sure, but if you... read more
Good morning, writing minions! It’s time for more lessons from a dead white dude. In my last post, I discussed the power of pathos as one of three primary rhetorical techniques Aristotle developed to persuade an audience—techniques that still work today, whether for campaign speeches, college essays, or talking Mom and Dad into a later curfew. Today, it’s time to talk about... read more
I often read student essays that incorrectly use the phrase “not only . . . but . . . ,” as in the following sentence: Incorrect: Video games are not only a source of distraction, but they may force players to think. There’s an easy fix for this often misunderstood construction: include the word also. Correct: Video games are not only a source of distraction, but they may also... read more