ENGLISH ESSAY WRITING TIPS (ORIGINAL (NEEDS TO BE ORIGINAL - no lifting…
ENGLISH ESSAY WRITING TIPS
NEEDS TO BE ORIGINAL - no lifting from other stories!
Write the entire prompt sentence, without any alteration.
Story must begin with prompt sentence
Needs to be link between opening sentence/prompt and rest of story
Read prompt/instructions properly. e.g. Funniest boy I've ever known - write funny story, NOT of him dying of an incurable illness
- an event/experience
Read question. See what it's asking you to narrate
Make points and sub-points and address all of them!
If it asks you how you felt - DESCRIBE your emotions
Try be original e.g.try to avoid common situations most people would write about. e.g. "Dsecribe an event you thought would go one way but ended up going another way" - most students wrote about preparing for exams but the paper was something other than what they expected.
Don't waste words and your time, by reiterating or going into too much detail over one thing only.
FOR / AGAINST
Avoid cliches/stereotypes.. e.g. Women only work for financial gain, or educate only the girl child etc etc
Take a definite stand, either FOR or AGAINST. You will lose marks for giving arguments/points for both
Be bold enough to dissent popular opinion, as long as you have a good argument for it
Ability to write in a clear & logical manner with appropriate arguments & inferences, using examples to support a POV
Make sure you mention feelings and read what they want from you.
egA) Describe in detail (i) what you saw when your house was ransacked and (ii) why it was like that. (iii) How did you find your family? (iv) Mention how the experience ended and (v) what impact it had on your life. Here, you can clearly demarcate the different points they want you to address.
eg B) Describe in detail the view from your bedroom window.. (i) What does your room overlook? What are the (ii) sights, (iii) sounds & (iv) smells that you experience at (v) different times of the day? (vi) What is your favorite time of the day to enjoy the view?
Be original. Don't try to paraphrase something you might have read before, describing such a view. Teachers always know
Don't forget all parts of the question. Here, a lot of students had missed out on the last part of the question - what is your favourite time to look out the window? Break down what it is they are asking you to write in points - easier to remember and not miss & lose out on points
LOOK at the picture. If you don't understand it or are unsure, then don't attempt it
Eg don't mistake a tiger for a lion. You may or may not get penalized for it
There has to be a clear connection between the picture and your story
DO NOT itemize a description of the picture - you can be penalized up to 25%!
-2 points for an incorrect interpretation of the picture
Be original - don't try to fit the narrative of an existing story into the contect of the picture