Test time is coming; so, how do we pass the essay? There are a
number of steps you can follow: SABOC, or Select, Audience,
Brainstorm, Order, Communicate.
This step’s easy! Select your topic from the choice given. What if no offered topic appeals? This happens, and we’ll get to that shortly.
Who are you writing for? Recently, an excellent teacher asked her students to give adults advice on upbringing. When someone in the class suggested reading these pieces at the next PAC (Parents Advisory Council) meeting, suddenly there was caring, commitment and communication (and better marks)! Take just a minute, and think hard about writing your essay to someone or some group. It will open up ideas for you.
This step is probably the most under-rated of all when writing. Your brain is a richer storehouse of ideas than you know, so give it a chance! After you select your topic, use 2 or 3 minutes by a watch or clock to write down everything you can think of on that topic. Make brainstorming one of the most important of your steps, and you’ll have a great essay.
Now, order or group your ideas, select just two or three of your points to give expression to—and write. Writing in any language takes practice, so make sure you do, and then be prepared to succeed.
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Here's a sample topic and essay for you:
Topic: What is your favourite dessert? Explain why.
Dessert is 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 memories.
First, ice 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!
Second, while 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 childhood memories.
Third, many 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! Are you?
(May 2, 2010)
(Includes all 2002 to date Weekly Features with descriptions)