Writing Essays – New View in Joyce’s Short Story, Clay

James Joyce’s famous short story, “Clay,” was published in 1914 in his collection of short stories titled, Dubliners. Like literally every other short story ever published, “Clay” makes a strong old view value statement early on and then shows a new view reversal of that old view at the end. Let me demonstrate a three-step method that helps you analyze any short story using those concepts and that will help you get started writing literary essays: #1- EARLY ON, STRONG STATEMENT: At the beginning of a short story, a strong value statement, an old view, is given by or about the main character, asserting an evaluation or describing some characteristic, goal, or desire. The very first sentence identifies a goal …

Writing Essays – Using Cultural Patterns to Create Newness

Do you know of any formally published process for ensuring that you have the most important feature—–newness—–in the thesis for your essay? Thought so. Me neither. Textbooks and teachers just show you pieces of writing that have newness in them, and then they say, “Do it like that.” Oh, sure, they give you isolated examples of the forms you should use, such as Introductions, Thesis Statements, Topic Sentences, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions. But they never give you a specific, reusable p-r-o-c-e-s-s for creating any of them, do they? It’s kind of like a shoemaker showing an apprentice a box full of shoes and saying, “Here’s what they look like. Now make some like these.” Huh? Yeah, right! That’s why I’ve …

Best Practices for Teaching Academic Writing to ESL Students in the Mainstream

When it comes to building academic writing skills for ESL college students in the mainstream, teachers will be doing their college students a huge service when teachers are able to build literary connections to the writing skills and concepts they wish their students to learn. Teachers cannot assume that their ESL students understand abstract concepts as well as their native English speaking peers due to the gap in their background knowledge. Provide Engaging Beginnings Engaging beginnings activate students’ prior knowledge. They make use of what students already know before any new knowledge is presented to them. Many academic writing assignments are based on academic texts. The extent to which ESL students will succeed with mainstream academic writing assignments will depend …

Writing an Analysis Paper – The Basic Components

Analysis papers are required at many levels: secondary school, university, and in professional disciplines. Once you have selected your subject and formulated your thesis, you need to actually lay it out for others to read. For many writers, this is the most difficult part. No matter what the topic or type, there are three basic parts of an analysis paper: • Introduction: The introduction and the conclusion are the two most important paragraphs of an analysis paper. Make the introduction exciting or inviting to capture the readers’ interest: use an interesting quotation, a surprising or impressive fact, a provocative statement that leads to a description of your subject and your clearly defined thesis. • Body: Within the body of the …

Academic Writing Skills and The Structure

Many essays in academic writing are written with a general quality with a most interesting influence on the topic itself and this develops the academic writing skills. There are many different types of essays including dissertations, argumentative, questions based a few others that have a similar response. These thesis papers all have a structure and as that structure the paper itself is designed to argue a point, depending on the writer, about the validity or overall influence of the points itself. When writing a political science paper there are a few things to keep in mind as the work in being done. · Influence · Making An Argument · Answering The Question · Addressing Counter-points Influence The quality of a …

Writing A Research Paper The Easy Way

Writing a research paper is always a headache to most students. The process is difficult and time-consuming but in order to get the desired A, you really need a lot of hard work. However, the best thing about writing a research paper is that it helps improve one’s writing skills and aids in developing ideas and to think logically. So in order for you to achieve these benefits with less anxiety, here are few easy steps to writing a good one. Pick an interesting topic You should pick a topic that is interesting to you. Go online. But there are some situations that the source of research paper topic ideas should come from your instructor. In this case, you will …

The Five Keys to Successful College Writing

Overwhelmingly, time and time again, research has shown the ability to write well is key to overall college success. This is no surprise. After all, writing at its core is thinking on paper, and the ability to think and reason is what separates great students from mediocre performers. In my transition from high school teacher to college professor, I have noted five distinct differences in high school and college writing. If each of these differences were addressed, students, especially adult learners– those returning to school after a long absence, would make a smoother transition to college level work because writing is needed for almost every class. One High school students write papers that are informative whereas college papers are explorative. …

PA Training – Writing a Winning PA School Application Essay

Physician Assistant medicine is a fast growing career track, and it’s not hard to see why.  PAs are in great demand due to a national shortage of primary care physicians.  They make a good living, are usually able to balance work and family commitments, and do meaningful work.  If you’ve decided that becoming a PA is for you, writing an impressive application essay or personal statement is crucial. The following guidelines will increase your chances of acceptance. Learn about the program.  Each school has its own priorities, likes, and dislikes, so get familiar with them.  Go to the program’s website and read their mission carefully.  Do they accept applicants from your state?  Do they emphasize primary care or a particular …

Simple Techniques For Writing an Introduction to Your Story

Writers struggle with how to write the introduction to a story. If the introduction is dull and unexciting, the reader is apt to put it down, never to even read the second paragraph. If the introduction is engaging and interesting, the reader will want to read further to see what will happen next in the story. There is no easy way to learn how to write the introduction to a story. The best way to learn is to read how other writers create attention-grabbing and appealing introductions to their stories and use some of the same techniques they employ without copying their style or their words verbatim. If finding simple ways to write an introduction to your story is keeping …

Essay Writing – – Finishing the Discussion on Reasoning

In his essay “The Eureka Phenomenon,” famous author Isaac Asimov employs a clever twist to his new view thesis—he presents it in stages. After almost a page of discussion about going to action movies and involuntary breathing, Asimov summarizes what he’s been saying with a formal new view thesis statement. He says that it’s his feeling that it helps to relax, deliberately, by subjecting your mind to material complicated enough to occupy the voluntary faculty of thought, but superficial enough not to engage the deeper involuntary one, which will allow involuntary thought to bring out what we call “a flash of intuition.” Asimov then tells the Archimedes story to support that new view thesis. Immediately after that three-page story, however, …

Writing a Top Level University Essay

There are several leaps that a person takes from high school to graduation. The rule is that the more knowledge you gain, the better should be your way of presenting of information. May it be a simple test paper or a project submission, its level keeps increasing with increase of familiarity with that subject. A university-level essay is usually characterized by several key features contained in it. The topic has a wide point of view. This does not mean it is vague. The job of describing it in a unique way is the prime role and responsibility of a writer; such discussions are given more weight-age by professors. Clarity of thoughts must be presented via the paper in a chronological …

Some Tips for Effective Essay Writing

If you’ve been given another essay writing assignment, then you know that there comes a time when no matter what the assignment is, you feel as though you need a break. This of course is when you can let procrastination creep in and then if this happens, you may find that starting the essay is incredibly difficult let alone finishing. There seems to be so much to do from research to writing, to editing and rewriting before you can hand it in. And if you’re thinking this, you are definitely not alone. No matter how good someone is when it comes to writing papers, everyone at some point runs into stumbling block or challenge that they have problems dealing with. …

A Simple, Direct Approach to Answering TOEFL iBT Independent Writing Tasks

You are sitting behind the computer screen, and the TOEFL iBT independent writing prompt flashes in front of you: “What is the most important characteristic in a co-worker?” You are told that you have 30 minutes to clearly and coherently answer the question. Your palms are sweaty, and your heart is pounding as you watch the time hurriedly tick down as you frantically think about how you should start your essay: thump, thump, thump. How will you answer this question within the 30 minute time constraint? Often overlooked by many test-takers but always revered by the TOEFL iBT human raters who score your written response, restating the writing prompt in your thesis will guarantee that you directly answer the question. …

Writing an Academic Essay

Sentence structure: All sentences must have a subject and predicate (can be a short as just a verb)-make sure there isn’t two verbs unless one is within a subordinate clause or a semi-colon or coordinating conjunction has been used or you will have a run-on sentence (or a comma splice if you separated them with a comma. Run-on or comma splice sentences are sentences that should be divided into two separated sentences, joined by a coordinating conjunction (preceded by a comma), joined by a subordinating conjunction, or, if appropriate, separated by a semi-colon (e.g. Mary went to the store, John went home). Comma splice (e.g. Mary went to the store John went home). Run-on -> Sometimes these sentences are caused …

Good Writing – Using Word Clouds to Determine the Main Point of an Essay

A word cloud is a visual representation, or “cloud” of any body of text. Typically, a word cloud program creates a picture of your text, with the words that are used most often in a large font and the words that are used infrequently in progressively smaller fonts. These visual maps allow visual learners to determine the main point, or theme, of an essay. Learning Styles Pschologists have identified several distinct learning styles. Among these learning styles are Verbal: Learn primarily through the use of words Kinesthetic: Learn primarily through motion Auditory: Learn primarily through hearing Tactile: Learn primarily through touch Visual: Learn primarily through sight. Visual Learners at Disadvantage In a writing class, students who have a verbal learning …

Formal Vs Informal Writing

Writing can be formal or informal in its tone. Your purpose for writing and your intended audience will determine which tone is appropriate. What is the difference between formal and informal? Formal writing should be clear, unambiguous, and well organized. Formal writing uses proper sentence construction, grammar, punctuation, no contractions, no clichés, and no slang or dialect specific phrasing. The flow is logical and well defined. Sentence structure may be quite involved and the words may be technical. No familiarity with the reader is assumed. It is respectful and neutral. No inflammatory, profane, pejorative, insulting, or other offensive language is used. Jokes and humor are carefully inserted and are used very rarely in business writing and never in academic writing. …