for an In-Class Essay
Last week, my students prepared for
and wrote an in-class essay on literature. To help them prepare, I
used a worksheet that encouraged them to do research in very
For the play, The Glass Menagerie,
I asked them to look at details they'd noticed in the acting and
how the settings used had influenced their feelings when watching
a filmed version. Their detailed research into the play helped
most students to write better and more specific essays on the day
of the test.
Always do research into specific
and potentially useful ideas before writing any essay. One thing
you should surely do is "harvest" good quotations to use and look
at a work of literature according to its plot, characters, themes
and the like.
By directing their preparation, I
have taught my students the value of advance preparation (and two
days to think something over) in the writing of any good quality
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