How to Write Stuff

How to Write Stuff

BASICS

This page gives a general overview of writing strong and effective sentences in different patterns.

This page gives a general overview of writing strong and effective paragraphs.

Transitions help you move from one idea to another smoothly, keeping your paragraphs and essays focused and organized.

This page gives a general overview of how to write a decent essay.

DEVELOPING IDEAS
INTERPRETING

This page shows how to do close reading; that is, reading a text with careful attention to word choice and syntax, looking for hidden meaning.

This page gives you practice in the close reading of crucial or pivotal words in a text.

This page shows how close reading is used to solve crimes.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE AUTHOR’S POINT
BRAINSTORMING  

 

TROUBLESHOOTING  

 

PLANNING and OUTLINING  

This page gives a general overview of how to write an effective outline, going from simple to more complex.

This page gives a general overview of how to write a decent essay.  

 

TRANSITIONING  

Transitions help you move from one idea to another smoothly, keeping your paragraphs and essays focused and organized.

WRITING ABOUT SOURCES  

 

FINISHING
CITING  

EDITING
NARRATIVE ESSAY WRITING
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY
DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY
RESEARCH PAPER ESSAY  

 

ACTUAL STUDENT ESSAYS THAT GOT REALLY GOOD GRADES
MAJOR ESSAY ASSIGNMENTS  

WHAT COLLEGE ESSAYS LOOK LIKE
 EXCELLENT WRITING RESOURCE   I owe everything I know about evidence charts to the incomparable writing teacher Jeff House. See his book Writing is Dialogue here!

 

Tip #1: Don’t use the word “stuff”! 😉
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