University of tasmania academic writing essay planner



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Student Learning and Academic Development, Student Centre



UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA

ACADEMIC WRITING ESSAY PLANNER


Essay Planner






Essay Question

Topic analysis


How many parts are there in the question? ……………

Key content words/phrases:
Instruction/directive words:
Limitations/scope:










Introduction

(approx. 5-10% of word count)




Background of topic:

Outline of essay/key issues to be discussed/purpose of essay:


Thesis/position statement (what is your answer to the essay question; the position you will take on the topic; or your overall conclusion?):












Body
Paragraph 1


Topic sentence (what is the main idea discussed/point made in this paragraph?):
Evidence (what references to literature, examples, etc. will you use to support your point?):







Paragraph 2


Link (make sure you link this paragraph to the last one and/or the overall topic?):
Topic sentence:

Evidence:













Paragraph 3


Link (make sure you link this paragraph to the last one and/or the overall topic?):

Topic sentence:

Evidence:












(Paragraph 4 or any other paragraphs you would like to include in the essay)
Conclusion

(approx. 5-10% of words count)




Sum up the key points made and/or evidence of your argument:
Restate the position/argument of the essay (i.e., make a conclusion):
May then consider wider implications:
DO NOT introduce any new ideas












Additional resources
• Directive words and their meanings

http://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/320006/directive-words.pdf

• Some great sentence starters

data/assets/pdf_file/0011/320006/directive-words.pdf

http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/

More information

http://www.monash.edu.au/lls/llonline/ http://www.jcu.edu.au/tldinfo/writingskills/essay/index.html
Do:
• Take the time to analyse the question
Plan your essay
• Keep asking yourself if this (idea, research, writing, etc) helps you answer/address the essay

question
• Leave time between your first draft and the editing and polishing process






Ask yourself:


  • Does my essay answer/address the question?




  • Is there a logical structure to my essay?




  • Have I backed up my position/argument with properly referenced evidence?




Want to know more? Come and see us at Student Learning or visit Drop In,

Student Centre, University of Tasmania.

Call 6226 7595 or email student.learning@utas.edu.au for a learning skills consultation.



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