Another week of school, new learnings and AEP. Topic for this week’s AEP classes was ESSAY WRITING.
This is a kind of writing that I’m not so fond of doing. I mean, I like it but at the same time I don’t. My feelings about this kind of writing lies somewhere in between, or you may say it’s something like a 50 50 thing.
Essays for me are like wandering ghosts in a big dark house, you never know when they may pop in front of you anytime, anywhere, and says “HELLO!”. Basically for writing essays, we are given a topic and we are supposed write about it. Word count may lie somewhere around 350 to 500 words, depending on the teacher. Well, sounds easy, right? You are just given a topic and all you have to do it write about it. But come to think of it, wouldn’t it be much easier if you knew skills and important factors that may help you in writing and analyzing the given topic?. Well, those important factors and skills are what we discussed in this week’s AEP classes.
Some students when told to write an essay in an exam, hurry and don’t plan on how they will be writing it. They just start off as soon as they read the topic maybe because they know if they stop and think for a while they will lose those precious minutes. However, in the process on directly writing will sometimes get you off track. You may start talking about things that are unnecessary. So “ORGANIZING”, or “PLANING” in other words, is a skill that is important and this was one of the things highlighted in today’s discussions. The second thing that was highlighted, was having an ESSAY CHECKLIST, why should we have them? And It’s importance.
First, we started off by reading a small text which at the end asks “how far do you agree on the given statement?”. It took me a while to figure how to answer. You can say I was completely confused for a moment. But as the class continued, we were taught or rather reminded of few things that are necessary on doing right after getting a text (topic of the essay).
Make sure to do the following steps which are a type of skill if you want an organized essay which answers the question/topic given, right on point! You may want to consume at least 5 to 7 minutes. But if you keep practicing, you might at a point consume even less time.
1: Split up the information given in the text and analyze what it says.
TIP: draw an arrow from the sentence and make a side notes of what the sentence talks about in a bullet form. As doing so, the next time you want to read the entire sentence you will not, instead you will read the bullet and easily understand what the sentence says. This is beneficial as it does not consume time, and reading the bullets time to time will never let you go off track.
2: Read it again, and now see what the question/topic is asking you to write an essay on.
3: BRAINSTORM! (USE BULLETS) this is a great way to gather all your thoughts on the given topic.
4: PLAN: Draw up a plan (organize your thoughts). This form, is also known as ‘essay structure‘. It is a stage which will answer the question, ‘What will my introduction, body and conclusion include?’.
5: START WRITING!
6: EDIT: Never forget to PROOFREAD. Look for errors, spelling and grammatical mistakes.
7: Refer to you’re essay checklist, to make sure you have everything included that an essay needs.
ESSAY CHECKLIST? What is that?
Well, I guess the word ‘essay checklist’ is very much self-explanatory. But for those readers who may not be familiar with this term, a essay checklist, is basically a list of questions that you ask yourself upon finishing writing your essay. Having a essay checklist is known be important as it is a guideline that helps you finalize you’re essay.
There are many things that can be included in your checklist, and here are some of them:
1) Are each of your essay paragraphs linked to the given topic/subject?
2) Does your introduction consists of the main points of what your essay is about?
3) Does your essay body have supporting details?
4) Have you quoted your references?
5) Have you proofread your essay? Look for errors, spelling mistakes, punctuation, grammatical mistakes, capitalizations and so on.
Nevertheless, you may always add your own things to your checklist!
ASSIGNMENT: To test what we have learned from this week’s discussion, Ms.Disa has also given us a task to finish and to be submitted next meeting. The task is writing an essay about a given text in AEP BOOK, keeping in mind all the skills we have learned, which include brainstorming, have a plan lied out, proofreading and so on. To wrap up this essay that we have written, we will have to refer to our own checklists that we have made to finalize our essay.
Today’s blog is loaded with information. I hope you try using them when given an essay writing tasks! Comment below, of what you think, I’ll be very happy to read your feedback/comments.
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