How to Write Essays

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HOW TO

WRITE
ESSAYS

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CONTENTS

Preface

vii

Introduction

ix

1 Planning Your Essay

1

What are you being asked to do?

1

Making a plan

6

2 The Opening Paragraph

11

‘Waffle’

12

The length of the opening paragraph

15

Useful phrases

16

More opening paragraphs

18

3 The Body of the Essay

26

Paragraphs

26

More examples of paragraphs

30

Continuity

34

The use of close references

38

More about the body of the essay

41

4 The Closing Paragraph

43

Final sentence

45

Further examples of closing paragraphs

45

5 Summary of Essay Structure

50

6 Sample Essay 1: A Discursive Essay

52

v

HOW TO WRITE ESSAYS
7 Sample Essay 2: Literature

61

Essays on literature in examinations

61

8 Sample Essay 3: Writing about Poetry

71

9 Sample Essay 4: Another Essay on a Poem

77

10 Sample Essay 5: A Media Studies Essay

83

11 Sample Essay 6: History

91

12 Sample Essay 7: Writing About a Novel

97

13 Sample Essay 8:

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