Essay Writing: Not Just for Dead White Men

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What is an essay?


Essay writing is a style of writing and not a specific genre. Essays can be about anything, although they often focus on literature, history or politics. Some examples include: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, Hobbes’ Leviathan and Plato’s Symposium. The purpose of the essay is to develop an argument based on your interpretation of a certain text or material (e.g., historical event). According to Wikipedia: “Essays have been written since classical antiquity and as such are considered to be some of the oldest forms of writing.”


The origin of essays can be traced back through many generations and many different cultures (Ancient Greece, Rome etc.). The word essay comes from the French language and means “attempt”. Which makes sense because that’s exactly what you’re doing when you write an essay; attempting to make sense out of something else while arguing for your position. So it doesn’t really matter if you’re studying English Literature in college or American History at school; there will always be opportunities for you to write essays. What matters most is how well do you know your material? Do you know how to present it in such a way that others will understand where you’re coming from? And do this all within the context provided by your professor/instructor/teacher/professor etc. I wrote college essays for university, so I’m familiar with the expectations of my professors. But it’s always helpful to check out what others are saying about essay writing!


Essay Writing Tips for Students


The best way to study is to get started on your homework early. That way you have plenty of time to finish it and proofread before the due date. If you’re not sure how well you did on an assignment, ask your teacher/professor for feedback! They may give specific examples of what they liked or did not like about your work. Personally, I love reading other students’ essays because they can give me ideas for my own writing projects! Expert essay writers are often published authors who have written books related to their coursework (e.g., Shakespeare’s sonnets). While some articles are more academic in nature, many articles are also more accessible by the general public (e.g., How To Write An Essay). The internet has made it really easy for us students because we can simply search online for “essays” and get a variety of results based on our topic or subject area.


Essay Writing and Grammar


Grammar is extremely important in your essays because it’s what allows us to communicate with each other. I don’t know about you, but when I read an essay that doesn’t follow the rules of grammar, it throws me off and it’s hard for me to concentrate on the content. There are a few basic rules of grammar that you should always remember: (1) Read your text out loud; (2) Make sure everything makes sense; (3) Use correct subject/verb agreement; (4) Check for tense consistency; and (5) Proofread! As students, we all know how hard proofreading can be because it involves reading something over and over again until you’re ready to throw up. But if you’re not careful about your wording, there will be no getting away from mistakes once they’re published for everyone to see! For example, check out this sentence: “The horse raced past the barn fell.” It doesn’t make sense because fell is not a verb like raced or past or barn. You see how things like this can become really confusing? The best thing I ever did was buy an app called Ginger which helps me catch typos through its built-in spellchecker.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post about essay writing. In conclusion, I’d like to say that essay writing is a skill that can be developed over time. There are many different types of essays and it’s important to choose an appropriate topic for your audience. Good luck with your school assignments!


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