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Elements of an Essay: Editing and Revising

Writing an elegant, thorough, well-written essay is a necessary skill that any student will use all the way to college and even beyond.

If you cannot put together an essay that is organized, despite the argument you are making, you will be at a disadvantage.

That is why we at Oxford Tutoring have created a simple, yet helpful, outline for the elements of an essay.

Visit any of our previous blogs to learn how to write powerful thesis statements, bold body paragraphs, relevant details , insightful commentary, intriguing introduction paragraphs, and strong conclusion paragraphs.

Good writing is rewriting, rewriting, and rewriting so don’t be discouraged that your essay needs editing.  Every writer from a professional to the high school student goes through the revising process so that they can write a complete, grammatically correct, and relevant piece of writing.

Today, we will wrap up our elements of an essay blog series with an often overlooked, but entirely necessary step in essay writing – editing and revising. Look at the following questions about each element of your essay and answer them truthfully.

Introduction Paragraph:

The introduction paragraph has all of the following elements:

– A hook 

– Background info

– A thesis statement

      If not, what elements are missing?

The hook uses one of the methods learned in class:

      If so, which one?

The background information shows why the hook and thesis statement are relevant:

If not, how should the writer improve the background information?

 

Thesis Statement:

The thesis statement is easy to identity?

The thesis statement makes it clear what the subject of the essay will be?

The thesis statement tells what the writer of the essay thinks about the subject?

The thesis statement has at least 2 points of support or contention?

What elements of the thesis statement are strong and clear?

What elements of the thesis statement are missing or unclear?  How can the writer                                                make their thesis statement stronger?

 

Body Paragraphs

There are at least two body paragraphs:

Topic Sentences

There is a topic sentence in each body paragraph?

The topic sentences refer to the points of support or contention from the thesis      statement?

Details

There are at least 2 details in each body paragraph?

The details fall under one of the categories discussed in the details blog:

If so, which ones? If not, which ones do you recommend the writer use?

The details support the topic sentence: ?

If so, how?  If not, why?

Transition Words

Each Detail sentence has a transition word?

The transition words are appropriately varied?

Commentary

The commentary fall under one of the categories found in the commentary blog:

        Which ones?

The commentary makes the details clearer and easier to understand:

      If so, how?  If not, why?

The commentary uses the what and why method:

      If not, what is missing?

There are at least two sentences of commentary for every detail?

Concluding Sentence

The concluding sentence closes out the body paragraphs well?

If so, why?  If not, why?

The concluding sentence transitions into the next topic well?

If so, why?  If not, why?

 

Concluding Paragraph:

The conclusion paragraph has all of the following elements?

– Restatement of the thesis:

– Recap of what the reader learned in the body paragraphs:

– Sum up sentence:

The sum up sentence is powerful?

  If so, why? If not, why?

General:

What is your overall impression of the piece?

Does it feel complete? If so, why? If not, what is missing?

What did you learn about your writing by editing this essay?

What did you like about the essay?

 

Now that you have answered all these questions, rewrite your essay with the new edits and revisions.  Or give us a call and we can edit your essay with you!

We hope this blog series helped you feel empowered to take on the intimidating essay.  If you need additional help, feel free to book a session today!

 

 

 

 

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