It’s important to take the time to understand the prompt so that you don’t go wandering off and writing about something totally incorrect or irrelevant. Underline keywords, and check to see whether the question has more than one part.For our example, I’m going to use this sample prompt: It’s important to determine what type of essay your teacher is asking from you.For our example, let’s say that we’re taking an open-book timed essay on William Golding’s book Lord of the Flies.
I don’t want to start a political discussion in this blog post, so I’m going to use a fake idea having to do with an alien invasion. I’m ready to start digging into the real work of writing the essay.
Now that you have a rough outline, it’s time to develop each of your points and write them out in your exam.
Use this table for clues: This table breaks down four basic types of essays: argument, evaluation, explanation, and problem/solution.
The keywords are words you can look for to unlock what direction your teacher wants you to go.
You need to feel in control of the time you have to avoid test anxiety.
It’s important to focus on the task at hand and not allow your mind to wander or worry. For the first 1 to 5 minutes, read and re-read the essay prompt to get an understanding of what you’re being asked.The boys in the Lord of the Flies have never seen the beast, yet they are afraid of it.During an assembly of the boys, one of the Littluns says, “I was frightened…Here’s my thesis: In William Golding’s book The Lord of the Flies, Jack creates a mythical beast creature as a way to band the boys together under his oppressive leadership; this is similar to how the world leaders have used the alien invasion to control the Earth’s population through fear of a common enemy and the belief that oppression is necessary for safety.In the book Lord of the Flies, Jack bands his group of boys together by creating a common enemy in the beast.I would mark up key ideas with a highlighter and sticky notes.I’d also check out the Spark Notes to get some ideas and perspective on the work.This is similar to how the government has bound our nation together against our greater enemy, the aliens from the Andromeda galaxy.In both cases, having a common enemy has ignited a sense of solidarity and being “in it together.” Anyone who is not against the beast, or the aliens, can be considered an enemy to the cause.This step is important because it will allow you to stick to your topic and ensure that you don’t leave out any important details.Don’t worry about building an epic, detailed outline, like the one I developed for the 5-paragraph essay outline, but definitely sketch out the important arguments you want to cover.