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Writing an essay handout

writing an essay handout

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Here is a collection of handouts covering each stage of the teaching process, from preparing your students to write to helping them proofread.

Tips for maximizing the usefullness of handouts:

  • First, tailor a handout as much as possible to your particular class.
  • Second, go over the handout with your class. Explain it in more detail and let them ask questions.
  • Third, immediately have your students practice the handout's lesson. They can apply the lesson to their own writing or to a sample you provide.

The following handouts, ready for use in your class today, are courtesy of the WRITE Project.

Revising, Proofreading and Editing (discussed in Responding to Student Writing)

"The Quote Sandwich"Courtesy of Susan Griffin, UCLA Writing Programs
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writing an essay handout

writing an essay handout

Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the wide spread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them.

Contributors:Jack Baker, Allen Brizee, Elizabeth Angeli
Last Edited: 2013-03-01 08:12:47

This resource begins with a general description of essay writing and moves to a discussion of common essay genres students may encounter across the curriculum. The four genres of essays (description, narration, exposition, and argumentation) are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes.

We hope these resources will help.

Overview

The essay is a commonly assigned form of writing that every student will encounter while in academia. Therefore, it is wise for the student to become capable and comfortable with this type of writing early on in her training.

Essays can be a rewarding and challenging type of writing and are often assigned either to be done in class, which requires previous planning and practice (and a bit of creativity) on the part of the student, or as homework, which likewise demands a certain amount of preparation.

As is evidenced by this list of attributes, there is much to be gained by the student who strives to succeed at essay writing.

The purpose of an essay is to encourage students to develop ideas and concepts in their writing with the direction of little more than their own thoughts (it may be helpful to view the essay as the converse of a research paper). Therefore, essays are (by nature) concise and require clarity in purpose and direction. This means that there is no room for the student’s thoughts to wander or stray from his or her purpose; the writing must be deliberate and interesting.

Title

Author’s Name

 

 

Paragraph One: Introduction

 

Three reasons for my opinion

 

Thesis statement

 

 

 

Paragraph Two: Develops the first reason by giving examples

 

Topic Sentence

 

 

Paragraph Three:

Topic Sentence

 

Develops the second reason, giving facts and statistics to support the statement.

 

Paragraph Four:

Topic sentence

 

Develops third reason, giving an example

 

 

 

Paragraph Five: Conclusion

Restatement of thesis

Summary of reasons

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Kids

sample essay for student use by Trudy Morgan-Cole

 

Since Edward Jenner introduced the first successful smallpox vaccine by injecting an eight-year-old boy with cowpox pus in 1796, vaccines have been an important part of public health care around the world (“Edward Jenner”). Yet today, many parents choose not to vaccinate their children. Because vaccines are widely supported by research, have few side effects, and have proven successful in halting the spread of disease, I believe it is important that all parents continue to vaccinate their children.

 

All major health organizations, including the Centres for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, recommend vaccination. The value of vaccination is supported by research from around the world, and researchers are constantly working to improve the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Epidemiologists, the scientists whose job is to study the outbreak of disease, all recommend vaccination.

 

Many parents worry about the safety of vaccines. While side effects do occur, they are usually minor, like redness or swelling around the site of an injection. In Canada, only about one in a million doses of vaccine leads to serious side effects (“Fact and Fiction”). The most famous study linking vaccines to autism, one which got many parents worried about vaccination, has been proven false and the doctor who conducted the study has had his medical license taken away (Triggle).

 

Around the world, increased vaccination leads to better public health. Diseases like smallpox and polio which once killed and disabled millions of people are virtually unknown today thanks to immunization programs. Yet in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan where the Taliban discourage immunization, rates of polio are on the rise again (Nordland).

 

If and when you have children, please get them vaccinated. The risks are minimal and you’ll not only be following the best advice of medical science and protecting your own child from disease; you’ll be helping in the fight to eradicate infectious diseases in your community and around the world.

 

Sources Cited

 

“Edward Jenner (1749-1823),” BBC History: Historic Figures. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/jenner_edward.shtml

 

“Immunization Fact and Fiction,” Public Health Agency of Canada. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/im/iyc-vve/fic

 

Nordland, Rod, “After Year of Decline, Polio  Cases in Afghanistan Triple in a Year.” The New York Times, Jan. 17, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/18/world/asia/after-years-of-decline-polio-cases-in-afghanistan-rise.html

 

Triggle, Nick, “MMR Doctor Struck from Register,” BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8695267.stm

 

Tips for maximizing the usefullness of handouts:

  • First, tailor a handout as much as possible to your particular class.
  • Second, go over the handout with your class. Explain it in more detail and let them ask questions.
  • Third, immediately have your students practice the handout's lesson. They can apply the lesson to their own writing or to a sample you provide.

The following handouts, ready for use in your class today, are courtesy of the WRITE Project.

Tips for maximizing the usefullness of handouts:

  • First, tailor a handout as much as possible to your particular class.
  • Second, go over the handout with your class. Explain it in more detail and let them ask questions.
  • Third, immediately have your students practice the handout's lesson. They can apply the lesson to their own writing or to a sample you provide.

The following handouts, ready for use in your class today, are courtesy of the WRITE Project.

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