Essay writing the law & order approach first you discover the body
First you discover the body.
- We call this the prompt.
- Read the prompt very closely.
- Mark all of the evidence that is immediately available.
- The prompt provides just enough information to begin the process of establishing a framework for your argument.
Next you must study the crime scene and collect all your evidence to prove your case.
- We call this studying.
- There are no shortcuts.
- Reading the textbook or materials is a must to establishing the background of information needed to make the your case.
Start your essay as if you were presenting a legal case to the “jury” with your interpretation of the evidence.
- We call this the thesis statement.
- Make sure your thesis answers the prompt.
- Is your theory of the events in question plausible?
- Does your thesis answer, “So what?”
You need to provide “evidence” to the jury to substantiate your case.
- We call these facts.
- Are all of your facts relevant?
- Do you have enough facts to make a strong enough case?
- Do your facts support your theory (thesis)?
- List any facts that may provide alternate theories, to show complete understanding.
- We call this analysis.
- How and why did this occur?
- Why was this evidence involved?
- How is this evidence related to the facts presented in the prompt?
- What are the connections?
Explain where the evidence took you in your final summation.
- We call this the conclusion.
- Rewrite your thesis statement in a new way.
- Wrap up all the loose ends of your argument.
- Do not introduce any new ideas or evidence. It will be thrown out of court.
- Do not reverse your argument.
- No surprise endings!
- Always write an outline first.
- Organize your thinking.
- Write a rough draft of your thesis statement.
- List all of your knowledge on the subject.
- Prioritize your facts by importance to subject.
- Start with your strongest evidence in the first body paragraph.
- Lesser evidence in subsequent body paragraphs.
- Now begin to write your essay.
TAKE THIS G-A-T-E
- G-LOBAL CONTEXT
- A-DDRESS ALL PARTS OF THE QUESTION
- T-HESIS STATEMENT
- B-IAS/P.O.V. (3)
- A-LL DOCUMENTS
- G-ROUPINGS (3)
- U-NDERSTAND THE DOCUMENTS
- E-VIDENCE FROM DOCUMENTS (3)
- T-HESIS STATEMENT
- T-IME PERIODS
- E-XTRA DOCUMENT(2)
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