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Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

Basic instructions for writing an essay


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Becky Rudd
Becky Rudd (Faculty)
1 year ago
A useful tool to link students too. If a Creative Commons version was available to allow it to be shared other than an outside link, students might be more likely to take advantage of this information.
Dora Espinoza
Dora Espinoza (Student)
3 years ago
This is a very useful guide for writing an essay. It provides all steps to write a basic essay, and I think that students who are not used to writing academic papers will gain a lot of benefits from going over the whole presentation. It says that each paragraph starts with one of the main ideas. I would suggest adding that these ideas are called topic sentences. I would have loved to see some visual aids, especially when it describes what an outline is and provides the steps to write one.
Aida Sermeno
Aida Sermeno (Student)
3 years ago
The content is presented with enough examples that even students in a beginning level of writing can manage well. There is also a sample essay which will help learners to compare it with the information about the characteristics of an essay In the section about the outline, it could have been useful to outline an actual example. It tells the user how to do it, but some students may highly benefit by seeing the outlining process An easy site to browse. As you navigate the different sections, you will see buttons that take you back to the main page or lead you to another section. That makes the site friendly user. I think the left side can be amplified as there is plenty of space left on the right side. There is information in the left side that can be enhanced since it does not appear in the center of the site. For example, there are sections titled ''Sample'' and ''Link'' that appear in the left section, which is very small. I think users might miss that information which can be very useful to have better understanding about the writing process.
Rajeswari (Raj) Mohan
3 years ago
I could not access the material as it was blocked with a security warning that there is a threat of a Trojan virus.
Barbra Bied Sperling
Barbra Bied Sperling (Administrator)
3 years ago
Just tried it and its accessible.
Michael Truong
Michael Truong (Staff)
11 years ago

Easy navigation, relevant topics, and good beginner's materials. It would've benefited from some visual elements (e.g., diagrams, images, etc.).

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes
14 years ago
Wonderful tool for my world lit classroom
Used in course? Yes
Michelle Zollars
Michelle Zollars (Faculty)
20 years ago
I use this site with my developmental writing students, as well as with my
College Composition I students. The content is excellent. There are examples,
notes, and links to other sources. The writing process is explained thoroughly.
It is a very effective tool for distance learning. The information is very
clear and concise.