Digital Education With A Human Touch

• Choose your topic and limit it to what can be covered in the length of your essay. Instead of describing an entire forest, limit your essay to describing the "mother tree" in the forest or a particular meadow or stream.

• In choosing essay topics, start with the readings to which you are most drawn (in any kind of way—positive or negative). Then make notes of your thoughts and reactions to the readings and look for a way to weave your ideas together in a meaningful, logical, and cohesive way.

• Know and understand your topic.

• Develop an outline of your material. Stick to it. Your material shold not fall into order by chance but through careful planning.

• Your opening paragraph should be your thesis statement, or in other words, a summation of the single overall point of your essay. Each following paragraph supports that point.

• Each paragraph should begin with a topic sentence, which should be a support point for your thesis. The following sentences in the paragraph support the topic sentence.

• Paragraphs must flow logically one to the next.

• Use strong verbs as opposed to weak ones. For example, the cock's crow shattered dawn's silence, not the crowing of the cock could be heard at dawn.

• Be specific. Specificity is always more engaging than generalities. He grunted and ground his teeth as he lifted the box, not he picked up the heavy box.

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