Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

Of Mice and Men: Steinbeck's American Dream

Of Mice and Men is such a downer... Steinbeck was the most depressed person ever. What is he trying to do to us? Tragedy = no happy ending. So why are we reading this book other than to get more depressed than we already are as teenagers? –T.T., USA John Steinbeck told it like he saw it. […]

Roger Chillingworth: The Scarlet Letter's devil, you know.

I have to write a paper on Roger Chillingworth from The Scarlet Letter, but what is there to say about him? He’s the devil. Hawthorne tells the reader that like a million times. How am I supposed to fill up four pages talking about how satanic he is? Help! –P.A. USA Roger Chillingworth definitely comes […]

Essay greatness:

Five minutes ahead

Yawn. We know the feeling. It’s late, and you’ve got an essay to write. And it's going to keep you up all night. Don't panic. In five minutes, you can be cruising to essay greatness. We're going to show you how to plan so you know where you’re going when you're writing. We're going to […]

Thesis Statements: Make your essay irresistible

A perfect thesis statement is like chocolate. Or it should be. Yes, like chocolate: Irresistible. Something that leaves people wanting more. Something they can't put down until they've finished it off. Something that leaves your English teacher unable to resist the urge to give you an A+. Are your thesis statements irresistible? You'll know how to […]

How to Write a Great Essay
Step 6: Wrap It Up.

At some point, hopefully sooner rather than later, you'll be approaching the conclusion of your essay. So let's say that you are ready to write your conclusion. What now? Honestly, teachers differ on this one. A lot of them just want you to sum up what you've written in the paper—to remind them what you proved and […]

How to Write a Great Essay
Step 5: So What?

When I was writing essays all the time in college, I had this semi-rule for myself: I had to write at least as many sentences about the quotes I chose as the quotes themselves contained. For example, a three-sentence quote demanded at least a three-sentence explanation. I'm not saying that's what you have to do. […]


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