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<ul><li> 1. Essay WritingCourtesy of Warren Hierl</li></ul> <p> 2. Writing is thinking on paper. Itdoesnt matter how well yousay nothing, it is still nothing.There is ONLY one bestchoice and arrangement ofwords to express a given idea You are writing to impress anAP reader who will haveapproximately 2 minutes withyour essay. You mustconvince the reader that youare an intelligent life-form.http://www.alienabductionhelp.com/hamilton_aliens.jpg 3. Read the question carefully and focus yourdiscussion on directly answering thatquestion. Emphasize the following Analyze or assess the DEGREE to which a statement is true Analyze or assess the IMPACT of an event or concept onsome aspect of American society Analyze or assess the RELATIVE IMPORTANCE of variousfactors on an event or concept. Analyze or assess the EXTENT to which a historicalstereotype is true for a given period or concept Analyze or assess the REASONS that cause a particularmovt to develop COMPARING and CONTRASTING differing attitudes towarda general concept or policy or different factors over time. 4. Analyze means: examine HOW andWHY Use the core structure (let me go overthis with you) 5. Hit em with a brick Begin with a well-developed thesis statement that does morethan repeat the question. It should 2. ANSWER THE QUESTION 3. TAKE A POSITION 4. ESTABLISH ORGANIZATIONALCATERGORIEShttp://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/1060063/2/istockphoto_1060063_single_brick.jpg 6. I. Well developed thesis statement that directly answers the question, takes a position(interpretation), and establishes organizational categories. Your thesis statement should NOT belonger than two sentences. A. Most important topic sentence which introduces the category to be discussed, directlyanswers the question, and takes a position on this particular category. 1. Most important specific factual information (SFI) which demonstrates both knowledge of the material and an understanding of how this information supports the thesis (interpretive commentary).2.Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary.3. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 4. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary.5. Clincher sentence which ties the paragraph directly back to the thesis. B. Next most important topic sentence which introduces the category to be discussed, directly answers the question, and takes a position on this particular category.1. Most important specific factual information (SFI) which demonstrates both knowledge of the material and an understandingof how this information supports your thesis (interpretive commentary). 2. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 3. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 4. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 5. Clincher sentence which ties the paragraph directly back to the thesis. C. Next most important topic sentence which introduces the category to be discussed,directly answers the question, and takes a position on this particular category.1. Most important specific factual information (SFI) which demonstrates both knowledge of the material and an understandingof how this information supports your thesis (interpretive commentary).2. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary.3. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary.4. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary.5. Clincher sentence which ties the paragraph directly back to the thesis.Repeat A, B, and C as many times as necessary to completely answer the question.II. Conclusion which restates the thesis in different words. 7. Begin each paragraph with atopic sentence whichdefends your thesis anddirectly answers thequestion and support it withas much specific factualinformation as you can. Donot merely list or describeinformation but use it toprove your thesis. Explainhow and why the specificinformation supports yourpoint of view (interpretativecommentary) Avoid vomitessays in which you merelythrow-up information in arandom matter withouthttp://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/cuba/vomit.jpgrelating it back to yourthesis. 8. Kill the damn dogKeep your essayfocused on answeringthe question.The reader knows howthis will turn out sojust kill the dogExample:"See Spot run. Spot runs past Dick. The grassis wet. See Spot run past Jane. Dick has astick. The sun is shining. Hear Baby cry.Spot runs into the road. Spot gets hit by acar.""While running across the yard to avoidbeing hit by a stick that Dick was swinging,Spot was blinded by the morning sunreflecting off the dewy grass, ran into thehttp://xrlq.com/Images/ugly_sam.jpg road, and was hit by a car. 9. End each paragraph with a clinchersentence that ties the entire paragraphdirectly back to the thesis statement.http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/2418881/2/istockphoto_2418881_important_remember_ribbon_tied_on_finger_as_reminder_close_up.jpg 10. Always focus on the complexity of history. Demonstrate that you understand the concept of multi- causation/ multi- effect.Bring as much depth and breadth into the essay as possible. http://www.tml.tkk.fi/~pnr/FAT/Cellular-Complexity.gif 11. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Unclesamwantyou.Essays must always be written in dark blue or dark black ink. Penmanship, spelling, and grammar make a difference because they subconsciously affect the ability of the reader to extract information from your essay and they interfere with the logical flow of the essay. Use only past tense and DO NOT attempt to make your essay relevant to todays world. Use only third person. Avoid starting sentences with pronouns. 12. The question every reader asks themselves at the end of an essay is, "How sophisticated a knowledge of history has this student demonstrated in this essay?" The demonstrated level of sophistication will ultimately determine the grade. REMEMBER THE CORE STRUCTURE </p>