• Formal, no colloquialisms, no shortened words (it’s should be it is)
• Thesis statement – most important part of your essay – roadmap to your essay
• Argumentatative, specific, well supported through textual evidence.
• It analyzes rather than summarizes
• Thesis statement should be in the first paragraph
• Avoid over-generalisations
• Assume reader is very familiar with text
• Typically contains strong action words: analyse, compare, interpret.
o If your thesis lacks strong verbs, it probably isn’t a thesis.
o This essay argues that Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting explores the politics of
contemporary Scottish identity by creating an allegory between British imperialism
• Have a clear outline.
• Style is as important as content.
• Brainstorm and then narrow the field of inquiry according to the question being asked.
• Complex arguments are best expressed in simple language
• Avoid plot summary!!!
• Look to the text first
• Address each paragraph as a mini-essay.
• There will be a logical progression from paragraph to paragraph
• Don’t define critica