Timed and Untimed Essay Writing Strategies: Writing Review Practice Exercises (page 2)
Review the lesson for Timed and Untimed Essay Writing Strategies: Writing Review Study Guide.
Practice Exercise: Untimed Essays
- Rearrange the following steps of writing an untimed essay into the correct order.
- Revise and Edit
- Make an Outline
- Start to Organize
- Turn It In
- Make a Plan
- Which of the following is NOT a good question to ask yourself when you're revising?
- Does my essay have good flow?
- Will I get a good grade?
- Do I have an introduction?
- Do I have a clear thesis statement?
- Are there spelling errors?
Week 1: Prewrite Week 2: Prewrite Week 3: Write Week 4: Write
Days 1 to 5: Prewrite Days 5 to 20: Write Days 20 to the due date: Revise
Days 1 to 5: Prewrite Days 5 to the due date: Write
Half of Week 1: Prewrite Rest of Week 1, Weeks 2 & 3: Write Write Revise
Week 1: Write Week 2: Write Week 3: Write Week 4: Revise
Assume you have one month to complete your essay and identify whether the following long-term schedules would be considered a good plan or a bad plan.
Practice Exercise: Timed Essays
Which of the following would NOT be a good way to prepare for your timed essay?
- eat a good breakfast
- read this book
- bring a pencil or pen
- wear a watch
- stay up late
Make a time budget for a two-and-a-half-hour essay.
Give yourself 20 minutes and plan what you would write for the following essay topic.
- Think of a person who is a good leader. What makes that person a good leader? Explain what qualities a person needs in order to be a good leader.
- Make a Plan
- b. If you worry too much about what grade you will receive, you'll lose your focus. Just concentrate on doing the best you can by following all the steps outlined in this book.
- bad plan
- good plan
- bad plan
- good plan
- bad plan
- e. It would not be a good idea to stay up late the night before your timed essay. You may end up being tired while you're trying to write. Or, even if you don't really feel tired, your brain will not be up to its maximum thinking abilities.
- 20 minutes = Organize
- Thesis = To be a good leader, a person should be charismatic, intelligent, and funny.
- charismatic to attract followers
- intelligent so people believe what he or she says
- funny to entertain so people will be captivated
Start to Organize
Make an Outline
Revise and Edit
Turn It In
This plan leaves absolutely no time for revision. Revising and editing your essay is crucial, because it gives you a chance to go back and correct any errors you've made along the way. And as perfect as you try to make your essay, you're bound to make mistakes. It's okay to make mistakes, as long as you build in time to fix them.
This plan doesn't allow a lot of time for prewriting, but that's okay. You may feel that you don't need that much time. As long as you do the prewriting and leave yourself plenty of time at the end for revision, you'll have a good plan.
Like the first plan, this one leaves no time for revision.
This plan breaks up the month a little bit differently, but still leaves time at the beginning to prewrite, time at the end to revise, and a good chunk of time in the middle to write.
This plan has no prewriting scheduled. Without prewriting, you'll find it extremely difficult to start writing. What is your thesis? What are your supporting ideas? What will you say about those ideas? If you don't prewrite and organize your thoughts, you'll have to make it all up as you go along, and you'll most likely end up with an unclear and unorganized essay.
1 hour 50 minutes = Write
20 minutes = Revise
This is a good time budget for a two-and-a-half-hour essay. It starts off with 20 minutes to organize your thoughts, which is plenty of time but not too long. It includes ample writing time and leaves you 20 minutes at the end to revise. The 20 minutes for revising is key. You'll have time to fix any mistakes and not be rushed at the end.
This is just an example of what your thesis statement and support may look like and one way that you may jot it down. The thesis statement is strong, explaining the necessary characteristics for a good leader. Support for the thesis is an explanation for each characteristic. Why would it be good for a leader to have that characteristic? Of course, if you were to write this essay, you would want to think of more reasons that each characteristic is important and maybe even give some examples of its importance.
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