Students are always looking to their teachers for help with writing. And no matter the grade level, students are expected to excel in writing essays on the many levels of standardized tests.
For all of the various essay formats, there are a few tried-and-true tips that will help any student excel on those essay prompts.
Always Take a Stand
Most prompts require students to prove an argument. The thesis statement is crucial for students to understand. One helpful method concerning this essential component is reminding the student that the point of their essay is to take a side on an argument. This clarification of what they are aiming to prove in their essay is what drives the thrust through every subsequent paragraph.
It’s All in the Details!
Students need to have detailed examples to really succeed on their essays. Whenever they make a point, they must follow up with a concrete example that proves their statement. Make sure students’ paragraphs follow the standard formula: Topic Sentence – Reasoning Sentences – Example Sentences – Transition Sentences.
Simple Writing is Great Writing
The key to strong writing is simplicity. Keep the sentences short. Make sure each sentence is fulfilling a need in the essay. Work to keep your writing clear. Avoid redundance in your word choices. You’ll see, staying clear and concise will result in a stronger essay.
Write it Like You Say it
Most times, students become bogged down trying to express an idea with the attempt to sound academic or writerly. The truth is, writing is about clearly expressing an idea. Remind students to step back, and think about how they would simply say their point. Chances are, what they would say is what they should write.
What are some tips you share with your students to help them with essay writing? We’d love to hear what works for you!