A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
Essay writing refers to a short written piece that can be either expository, descriptive, argumentative, or narrative.
- Essays are shorter pieces of writing often for the purpose of honing writing skills such as close reading, analysis, comparison and contrast, persuasion, conciseness, clarity, and exposition.
- Be concise.
- Be clear in your direction and intent.
- Be deliberate and interesting.
- Be formal or informal, depending upon your voice.
- Draw conclusions based on the evidence presented.
- Prepare an outline of your ideas.
- Answer the question.
- Include a conclusion that summarizes your argument.
- Build your vocabulary so you know the right pithy word for your discussion.
- “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell” (from Carl Sandburg)
- An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
- An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
- The White Negro by Norman Mailer
- Notes on ‘Camp’ by Susan Sontag
- The Search for Marvin Gardens by John McPhee
- The Fourth State of Matter by Jo Ann Beard
- The Soul of a Tiger by Edward Hoagland
- Television and US Fiction by David Foster
- The Temple of Learning by Benjamin Franklin
- Common Sense by Thomas Paine
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May 2017. Click to follow its progress.