Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

How to Write a Great Essay.
Step 7: Make It Sing!

Make your essay sing...like a musical composition by Ludwig von Beethoven

One of Beethoven's manuscripts...before he turned it in.

Question: What's the difference between an essay for second period English and a sonata by Ludwig von Beethoven?

Answer: Less than you might think.Ludwig von Beethoven knew a thing or two about compositional structure

Your essay is a lot like a piece of music by Beethoven...or Taylor Swift.

Like a Beethoven sonata, your essay has a structure, a beginning, a middle, and an end.Taylor Swift knows a thing or two about thesis structure. Landmarkmedia/Shutterstock_ Like a Taylor Swift hit, your essay begins with an assertion--a thesis statement--and then justifies that assertion with supporting facts. (Consider Red, which Swift begins with an argument that falling in love with a particular boy is like "driving a new Maserati down a dead end street." She spends the rest of the song presenting facts, or observations, to justify her song-opening assertion.)

moreLike music, your essay is meant to be heard. You're not writing to amuse yourself (or you're not writing just to amuse yourself). You're writing because someone's going to read what you write. So write something worth reading. When you create your thesis statement, create a provocative thesis statement. When you choose facts, choose persuasive facts. When you write your essay, write to sweep your reader along in your argument. A great essay, like great music, demands to be noticed. So don't be shy. Go for the prize.

Next up: Watch me develop a thesis statement from scratch.


Find the complete eight video essay mini-series here.

Also at Recap Resource:

DICTIONARY OF TERMS:

Allegory
Metaphor
Motifs
Protagonist
Satire
Symbols
Subtext
Themes


MAKE YOUR OWN RECAPS:

Pick your topic
Focus your presentation
Write your script
Edit yourself
Choose your props
Create your graphics
What to do once you're done


How to Write a Persuasive Essay

  • Steephan

    Her story went on a bit (sans word limits, which did not exist at the time),

    i use it

  • Bullock

    good points to remember while writing an essay. Some top essay writers have emerged to be at this position keeping in mind such points.

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