Say Something!

Writing Essays that Make the Grade

Ebook

Say Something!

Stop boring your professors with tedious, predictable essays. Get better grades!
How do you write a great essay? It’s not about five paragraphs filled with quotations from experts—you need to discover who you are as a writer and what you want to say. In a conversational style, writing instructor Laura Swart uses real student writing to show you what to do (and what not to do). Unlock your creativity and potential as a writer and create essays that stand out from the rest of your class.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to:
Avoid common student writing errors that keep your essays out of the A zone.
Use the CSI (claim, support, investigation) method to write a critical essay.
Integrate relevant and meaningful quotations and research to highlight, not overshadow, your ideas.
Write natural transitions, structure seamless arguments, and craft compelling introductions and conclusions.
Extend the boundaries of your thinking, giving a wide berth to mundane ideas and plodding expression.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Say Something! 1
Acknowledgements 4
Introduction 7
TAKE ONE 10
1 The Who 11
2 Writing as Trinity 14
3 The Writing Process 16
4 Entry-Level Essays 20
5 Anatomy of an Essay 22
6 An Imaginary Essay 24
TAKE TWO 31
7 Writing a Critical Essay 32
TAKE THREE 67
8 Integrating and Discussing Quotations 68
9 Transitions 79
10 Introductions and Conclusions 83
11 Examining a Draft 85
TAKE FOUR 92
12 Primary and Secondary Sources 93
13 Transitioning Between Arguments 119
14 Refining Introductions and Conclusions 128
TAKE FIVE 138
15 Sample Essays 139
16 Conclusion 191
Appendix 1 Bedouin 192
Appendix 2 Marrakech 194
References 201
About the Author 202
About the Illustrator 203