Essay: Part Two
The Essay Part II
Welcome to Part II of “The Essay”. Following
are some tips you may want to consider when writing your essay.
Essay Part One dealt with the first three, Select,
Audience, and Brainstorm, of the SABOC essay writing steps. This
time we deal with Order, and the next weekly we’ll look at the
But before we take a look at essay order,
let’s quickly go back to last month’s first step, “Select”.
The question I asked then was: “What do you do if no topic
appeals?” Let’s answer that now. You don’t need to be inspired
by a topic to write about it – you just need to produce
several main points and interesting support.
So try this:
Brainstorm them all, briefly. Three minutes times three or
four topics amounts to roughly ten minutes, so even in test
conditions there is time to do this. Then choose the topic you
have the most ideas listed for. Good luck!
Format is extremely important and is the first element looked at
by teachers for marking.
Must have three sentences at least, from the
general first statement to the paper’s focal point, your
thesis statement, in which you clearly set the direction, or
topic, for the paper.
Main Point Order:
Four ways you can order your “sandwich” body
paragraphs are: spatially, chronologically, climactically, or
randomly. These paragraphs exactly and specifically support
your thesis statement. Each body paragraph follows the order
of the points listed in your thesis statement (if you have
detailed these in your thesis statement.)
For example, in the essay “The
Wonders of Ice Cream”, the thesis was my blueprint for the
order of my supporting body paragraphs. Also, each body
paragraph must have a topic sentence, support and a concluding
sentence which links it to the next paragraph.
Your conclusion follows the reverse order of
your introduction. The first sentence restates your thesis in
different words, so you’ll need your thesaurus! The second
sentence is a more general, less specific sentence about the
topic, and the third is the most general of all.
Here, at the end of your essay, is the place
for you to leave an impression on the reader: state your
opinion, offer an appropriate quote, or pose a question. These
last add interest value to your paper, give your reader
something to take away and think about—
and usually raise your mark as well!
sample topic and essay for you:
Topic: What is your favourite
dessert? Explain why.
Wonders of Ice Cream
the most wonderful part of a meal. I have never met anyone,
from any part of the world, who did not like dessert best. The
best dessert is ice cream because it tastes delicious, is liked
by almost everyone, and it can link us to happy childhood
cream tastes better than any other food. What food can rival
its creamy smoothness, or the delicious feeling of this soft,
cold dessert as it slips down your throat? I don’t know of any
other food that feels as good and clean in your mouth, or of any
other food that comes in as many mouth-watering flavours. At
some stores, you can choose from over 30 flavours! In fact,
today you can even get ice cream with protein in it, as the soy
ice creams have. Who knows? Ice cream may soon be a complete
meal on its own!
it may not yet be a complete meal on its own, it can be served
after almost any meal for everyone likes it. It can be a common
thread between strangers. Whether you have important
out-of-town guests, or are just entertaining family and friends,
ice cream is the perfect after-meal treat. Vanilla ice cream is
at home at any important dinner. Family and friends, on the
other hand, are sure to like Neapolitan, a happy mix of
chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Even fussy, hard-to-please
eaters are sure to be tempted by this universal dessert! Ice
cream is certain to please everyone, and it can link us to happy
of us have happy childhood memories linked to ice cream. In my
family, it was used as a reward when my sisters and I were
especially good, and it was the best part of the birthday meal.
It was even used as a comfort when some small thing had gone
wrong. One day, for example, I thought I would just check to
see if that dull, grey-brown stove element was as hot as my
parents had always told me it was, and I cautiously reached up
to touch it. Needless to say, they were right. Ouch! To make
me feel better, out came the ice cream. For good things and
bad, ice cream was, and still is, the best choice.
Ice cream is
a wonderfully tasty dessert food that has universal appeal, and
links us to happy memories. It is the perfect ready-made
dessert and is available in so many good flavours. I’m hungry!
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