Essay Skills and Text Essay Structure

Essay Skills and Text Essay Structure

Hope explains about Essay Skills and Text Essay Structure.

  • Guide to Using Additional Material

    Multiple approaches

    60/40 split set text and related material

    2 paragraphs per related text

    1. Link between set text and related material
    2. New idea related to Area of Study
  • Text Essay Structure: Block Method

    • Each paragraph discusses one idea in one text only.
    • Easiest type to write and the most logical.
    • Six paragraphs on your set text, then two on your first additional material, and two on your second.

    Pros

    • Order the importance of your content.
    • Time management

    Cons

    • “unsophisticated”
    • balance sophistication and logic
  • Text Essay Structure: Integrated Block Method

    • One idea in one text per paragraph
    • Every second paragraph about one of your additional materials
    • Link up topics

    Pros

    • Sophisticated connections
    • Logic
    • Teachers pleased by integration

    Cons 

    • Have to link paragraphs
  • Text Essay Structure: The Integrated Approach

    Pros

    • Sophisticated if written well

    Cons 

    • Extremely difficult
    • Leads to side-tracking and waffling
    • Lack of detail
    • Illogical
  • Text Essay Structure: The Skeleton Plan

    First draft of any essay, including an outline of:

    • Subtitles
    • Dot points
    • Keywords
    • Technique terms
    • Quotes
  • Practice Essay

    One of the other topics the Board of Studies feels it is safe to thrust upon you is a consideration of what it is to be Australian. It is not as though your Area of Study will veer off into this tangent instead of focusing on the set theme, but that they may choose Australian comprehension texts or ask you to produce a feature article for Australian Youth magazine, or some such.

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