A) Before you do anything else, figure out what the purpose and/or message of the piece is.
B) Focus very carefully on the prompt. Take time to be SURE you understand it.
C) Keep coming back to the prompt! In your thesis, in your topic sentences, in your warrants, be SURE all of them link back to and answer the prompt.
D) Be thorough and clear in your thesis. Don’t make it super-long, but try to give a road-map.
E) A good closer can be just one line long.
F) Make new paragraphs for a new idea. Many of you are combining paragraphs where you shouldn’t.
Good essays addressed:
- In medias res
- Sentence structure/Parallelism/Cumulative sentences
Good purpose/message ideas focused on:
- The importance of telling/speaking out/remembering (think Hamlet!)