This book is perfect for helping out anyone who struggles with any aspect of writing those essays. You won't believe how much information Michelle has included inside! Check it out...
I’ve been asked by several people why I wanted to write a book like this. It all started with a few How To blog posts. But impromptu tutoring sessions with my younger brother and sister were always in the back of my mind. They went something like this:
Sis: Just tell me how to start the essay.
Me: You gotta state your thesis in your introduction.
Sis: I know that. But what, I just state it?
Me: *sigh* No…lead up to a little bit.
Sis: *bigger sigh* Just tell me how to start it. What’s the first sentence?
Me: *snatches pen* Fine. Here. *writes first sentence*
Sis: Cool. What do I write next?
Sis: *gives me her best grin*
Me: Fine. Here.
Sis: Cool. What comes after that?
This would continue on for a while…until I got fed up or her essay was finished.
Now, my sister is a very smart girl, and she’s actually a good writer. She knew the basics of what she needed to do. She could look up the rules in her writing book. But even given the rules and instructions, she still wasn’t sure how to go about actually doing them.
When I started posting How To posts on my blog on subjects like poetry and essays, I got a lot of comments from students and former students who were just like my sister. They knew what to do…they just didn’t know how to do it, and the other guidebooks out there weren’t helping. They either listed the rules without exact directions on what to do with those rules, or their instructions were so full of technical jargon and confusing language they did nothing but frustrate their readers further.
So I expanded my posts into Homework Helpers: Essays and Papers…a book that takes a dozen different types of essays and walks the reader through every single step, from start to finish. In order to further illustrate the process, I included rough draft, edited, and final copy versions of every single type of essay in the book. I also have chapters with tips on research, instructions for proofreading and citing sources, and a chapter with tips on how to write a good SAT essay.
Awesome! This book is going to help so many people! As a teacher I think it's an excellent resource. So many people just don't know how to get started, or to wrap it all up, or to fill in the middle... well, you get the idea! :)
So, where can you buy the book?
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So everyone, were you a fan of essays - or did they drive you around the bend? :)