Essay Writing Flashcards

Essay Writing Flashcards
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4 main tips to writing essays quickly

1. Re-read the prompt to ensure understanding

2. Outline major points

3. Write the introduction and conclusion last

4. Save a few minutes for editing

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Synthesis in a persuasive essay
Combining varied information from different resources into a cohesive argument.
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3 main goals of a personal essay

1. Entertain

2. Inform

3. Present an argument

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3 tips for writing a focused personal essay

1. Define your scope

2. Edit for relevancy

3. Stay on point

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Tips to writing a focused essay

1. Highlight key terms from prompt

2. Develop a thesis sentence

3. Outline key points

4. Edit out irrelevant or personal information

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Key aspect of refuting opposing viewpoints in an essay
Present opposing argument and include credible resources to back up your viewpoint.
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Either/or fallacy
A logical fallacy that does not provide enough information or alternatives to an argument.
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Non sequitur
A conclusion that does not logically follow the information presented.
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Logical fallacy
An argument with invalid logic or flawed reasoning.
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Use these flashcards to test your knowledge of the elements of writing an essay. Key terms such as non sequitur and synthesis are covered, as well as tips and considerations to ponder before you begin writing. The flashcards also cover important aspects of proofreading and editing and how to do it faster and more effectively.

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Logical fallacy
An argument with invalid logic or flawed reasoning.
Non sequitur
A conclusion that does not logically follow the information presented.
Either/or fallacy
A logical fallacy that does not provide enough information or alternatives to an argument.
Key aspect of refuting opposing viewpoints in an essay
Present opposing argument and include credible resources to back up your viewpoint.
Tips to writing a focused essay

1. Highlight key terms from prompt

2. Develop a thesis sentence

3. Outline key points

4. Edit out irrelevant or personal information

3 tips for writing a focused personal essay

1. Define your scope

2. Edit for relevancy

3. Stay on point

3 main goals of a personal essay

1. Entertain

2. Inform

3. Present an argument

Synthesis in a persuasive essay
Combining varied information from different resources into a cohesive argument.
4 main tips to writing essays quickly

1. Re-read the prompt to ensure understanding

2. Outline major points

3. Write the introduction and conclusion last

4. Save a few minutes for editing

4 audience considerations when writing an essay
Reader's position, perspective, and knowledge and what point you hope to impose on them.
2 tips for editing personal essays to be shorter
Remove points not directly related to the thesis. If this is not enough, you may need to narrow the scope of your thesis.
Proofreading
Step in the editing process in which you check for spelling and grammar errors.
5 strategies for proofreading

1. Use your computer's spell check and grammar check

2. Read the essay out loud

3. Read the essay backwards

4. Focus on one potential error at a time

5. Proofread changes

When writing an essay quickly, write the introduction to an essay at the _____ of your time.
End
Questions for evaluating your own writing

Is the thesis clear?

Are the main points supported by research?

Are there any mechanical errors?

Do the paragraphs flow logically?

Counterargument in an essay
Counterarguments provide reasons why opposing viewpoints are incorrect. May be necessary in essays when published research or popular opinion differ from your position.
Number of main points in a 5 paragraph essay
2-5 main points
Identify the error: She will go to there place tomorrow.
Spelling error, 'there' should be 'their.'
Identify the error: It was the werst day of his life.
Spelling error, 'werst' should be 'worst.'

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