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Essay Writing 2: Planning & Structuring Your Essays

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Essay Writing 2: Planning & Structuring Your Essays

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Essay Writing (2): Planning & Structuring Your Essays

ESSAY WRITING (2): PLANNING & STRUCTURING YOUR ESSAYS
WHY WRITE ESSAYS? Look for the word ‘essay’ in the dictionary and you will find one meaning listed is ‘to attempt’. An essay is an attempt by you to communicate your arguments or knowledge of a subject to the reader, usually your tutor. The mark awarded is a reflection, not on your intellect generally, but on your ability to communicate your ideas on the subject in question. Many tutors – and students – believe essays help in four ways: Ø They
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This will involve you in starting to bring to the surface ideas, arguments, references, points of view, opinions etc. that occur to yo u. You just need to jot these down as they occur to you. This stage of the process assumes, of course, you have done some reading on the subject in question! Use the space below for your brainstorming of the essay subject/topic.

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WHAT’S YOUR POINT OF VIEW?
Having brainstormed the title and the subject, in some essays you will need to decide what is going to be your position, main argument, view or perspective in the essay. This is particularly important in analytical essays (see page 2). It is all too easy to write an essay that gives a range of perspectives but still leaves the reader puzzled as to your conclusions or position. Your point of view is important – backed up with good evidence. If the essay is implicitly or explicitly seeking you to take up a position, what is it going to be? What will be your overall point of view in this essay? In the space below, write a ‘mini-essay’ in 50 words that neatly summarises your point of view for the essay.

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