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I Dont Know Essay

1706 words - 7 pages


Topics Covered
Introduction to effective writing skills Writing thesis statement and topic sentences Definition , exemplification and classification Description Cause and effect Interpreting diagrammatic information Comparing and contrast Proofreading and editing

Text Used


Main Text: Oshima, A & Hogue. ( 1997). Introduction to Academic Writing. New York: AddisonWesley, Longman Zimmerman. (2003).English for Science. Singapore: Prentice Hall

Additional Text
Brannan, B. (2003). A Writer’s Workshop: Crafting Paragraphs, Building Essays. McGraw Hill Trible,C. (2003). Writing Oxford: Oxford University Press

Method of Assessment
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Keep your notes and sources organized as you go. When developing your topic, look for patterns and relationships. See what conclusions you can draw. Try discussing your ideas with classmates or your lecturer

Organize Your Writing

Develop an outline to help you stay on track as you write, identifying your main points and what you want to conclude. Keep in mind basic essay and paper structure:

The introduction should give your reader an idea of the essay's intent, including a basic statement of what the essay will discuss. The body presents the evidence that supports your idea. Use concrete examples whenever and avoid generalities. The conclusion should summarize and make sense of the evidence you presented in the body.

Get acquainted with the vocabulary. Become familiar with the vocabulary of your subject. For example, when writing descriptive essays, classifying, exemplification, interpreting digrammatic information, comparing and contrast and etc.

Identity. Indicates sameness. that is, that is to say, in other words, ... Opposition. Indicates a contrast. but, yet, however, nevertheless, still, though, although, whereas, in contrast, rather, ...

Addition. Indicates continuation. and, too, also, furthermore, moreover, in addition, besides, in the same way, again, another, similarly, a similar, the same, ... Cause and effect. therefore, so, consequently, as a consequence, thus, as a result, hence, it follows that, because, since, for, ...

Concession. Indicates a willingness to consider the other side. admittedly, I admit, true, I grant, of course, naturally, some believe, some people believe, it has been claimed that, once it was believed, there are those who would say, ...

Exemplification. Indicates a shift from a more general or abstract idea to a more specific or concrete idea. for example, for instance, after all, an illustration of, even, indeed, in fact, it is true, of course, specifically, to be specific, that is, to illustrate, truly, ...

Refine and Proofread When you're done, take a break so you can come back to your writing with fresh eyes. Ask yourself: Is the writing clear? Do the ideas make sense? Are all of my requirements fulfilled? Did I avoid repetition?

Good Text Organisation
All the hard work can be spoilt by poor text organisation, often because: You know your work so well, you assume it’s clear You leave no time for proof reading

Aspects of text organisation
Cohesion Punctuation Reference(s) Coherence

All the parts or ideas should fit together well so they form a united whole. This is done by using: Pronouns (this/these, it/he/she) Repetition Synonyms Cohesive markers (firstly, secondly, however, furthermore, however)

Some common problems are: Misuse of commas Confusion between colons (:) and semi-colons (;) Very long sentences with no division of clauses Misuse of capital letters Misuse of apostrophes

This is achieved by applying the...

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