1: You must have a thesis statement. Identify your subject. If it is an assigned topic, write it down. Why are you writing this essay? If it is an assignment, the assignment should include the essay type expected. Use this to guide you to your subject. Your thesis should be a question you will answer, an issue you wish to examine, a point you want to prove or disprove, or something you wish to illustrate. It should be expressed in one sentence before you begin. That way you can stay on track. 2: You must identify your audience. To whom or for whom are you writing? Generally even school papers should be aimed at a particular audience aside from your teacher. Once you have identified your audience you can adjust your writing style and vocabulary accordingly. Try to pick an audience that would be interested in your topic, unless you want to try the extremely difficult task of interesting and entertaining an audience that is not generally interested as an exercise in compelling writing. 3: You must organize your material. Have any research materials available.
Even when writing an essay based upon personal experience, it is good if you can back up your opinions with facts. 4: You must present a conclusion. This is what knits your essay together, and gives the reader a feeling of closure. Essays with ambiguous endings are seldom successful. The first step in writing an essay or any other type of document from personal experience is to pick your subject. This is followed by creating your thesis statement. The next step is to simply sit down and write until you have nothing more to say on the matter. Don’t worry at this stage about spelling or grammar or even organization. Next create an outline with the 5 line formula while the preliminary writing “rests”. You will usually have a really good idea by this time what your thesis statement should be. Sometimes I use a shortened version as a working title, as in the paper I will include here.
Write one sentence that is introductory. Write three sentences that are points you wish to cover that contribute to the “proof” of your thesis statement. Write one sentence that is a conclusion. Next take each of these sentences and apply the same formulas above, using the sentence as one of the five: write one introductory statement, three explanatory statements or expansion points, and one conclusion. You should now have 25 sentences in 5 paragraphs. Apply the same treatment to each of these sentences until you simply have nothing more to say under that section. Proceed through all the sentences in this way until there is nothing more you can say. Now go back to your first writing, and see if there is anything you forgot. Once you are done with this, do some research if applicable to your topic, and integrate your results into the work wherever they fit to prove or illustrate a point.
Don’t forget to cite your sources in the bibliography, or in APA style within the document. Finally: Look to see if you have proven your thesis statement. Then read the entire paper out loud to find the flaws in your style. Anything that becomes difficult to read aloud should be changed. Check your spelling and grammar. Create a final title. Cite your sources. Then you have finished. You should have a well organized essay with a beginning, middle and end. It should state a theses, prove it with three points which are elaborated and make conclusions concerning what this means and how important it is. Are Canadian Immigrants better off than they were in the past, and what does the future hold for them? This is a question that only seems to trouble sociologists. Few prospective immigrants really get valid information, even if they know what questions to ask. Most of them have simply worked too hard to make it to the golden shore to question its value.