Thursday, September 17, 2009

Truths and Lies about Writing

In class today, we discussed lessons we've learned about writing in the past. We talked about what has helped our writing and what has hurt our writing. Here's what we came up with.

Start your essay with a hook, something eye-catching
The placement of the thesis statement depends on the writer and/or the topic
The topic sentence has to be the first sentence of the paragraph
All essays must have an introduction, body and conclusion
Restate the thesis in the conclusion
Subjects and verbs must agree
All research papers must contain citations
There is no specific number or type of source one needs in an essay
You must cite your sources

Correct punctuation is unnecessary in freewriting
There is a specific format in writing essays
There has to be a clearly defined thesis
There has to be a certain length to the essay
The thesis has to be written first, at the beginning of the essay
You have to write an outline before writing an essay
You have to include three sources in your essay
All essays must include five paragraphs
You must write lots of drafts and revise

Overall, we discovered that essays need to be organized to help readers understand what we want to say. At the same time, each of us has our own process that we follow when writing essays. Some of us like outlines; some of us don't. There is no right or wrong way to write - as long as we get the job done!

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