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  7. Types of Essays (0)
  8. Writing Rules (12)

Teachers' Correction Marks
Proofreader's marks can be confusing at first. If you're struggling to understand your teacher's correction marks, you can use the list here to clear up the confusion.

Writing a Hook for Your Essay
You can think of an essay hook as you would a fishing hook: its something that grabs a reader and reels him in. The hook for your essay could be any interesting sentence that captures attention and keeps the reader reading.

Anecdote
An anecdote can be a useful tool to use when writing a speech or a personal essay. Anecdotes are great to use in introductory paragraphs.

Comparing Two Novels
At some point in your literature studies, probably just about the time you get adept at finding the theme of a novel and coming up with a sound analysis of a literary piece, you will be required to compare two novels.

Student Essay Contests
Are you a writer? You may be able to win cash, scholarships, trips, and other awards with your essay-writing abilities. There are many contests out there that address a wide variety of topics. Why not enter a competition today? Contest rules will vary significantly, and some may contain important information about possible restrictions, so...

Student Writing Competitions and Contests
Are you a talented writer? You can gain valuable experience and win cash awards and scholarships through writing competitions and contests designed especially for students. The list below includes some of the most notable competitions. Please note: some of the competitions are still wrapping up this current year's proceedings. If you find the...

Using Numbers in Writing
For some reason, one of the most difficult grammar topics to commit to memory is the set of rules pertaining to using numerals in writing. Perhaps that is because the rules don't seem to be hard and fast, like some grammar rules. Instead, we often read about "general" rules or "guidelines" for numbers.

How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay
An essay is a literary composition that expresses a certain idea, claim, or concept and backs it up with supporting statements. It will follow a logical pattern, to include an introductory paragraph (make the claim), a body (support), and a conclusion (summary of statements and support).

Writing an Opinion Essay
You may be compelled or required to write an essay that is based on your own personal opinion about a controversial topic. Depending on your objective, your composition could be any length, from a short letter to the editor, to a medium-sized speech, or a long research paper. But every piece should contain some basic steps and elements.

Essay Samplers
Essays samplers organized by author, title, and theme, from Richard Nordquist.

How to Write a Response Paper
A response paper, sometimes called a reaction paper, is much like a formal article or review, but this type of assignment calls for more of the writer's personal reaction and feeling.

Grading Your Own Essays
Writing a brief self-evaluation each time you have completed a writing project will make you more aware of your strengths as a writer and help you to see ...

How to Edit Your Paper
During a writing project for school it is common for the teacher to require you to switch papers with a classmate so that a fresh pair of eyes can catch any little mistakes or make suggestions to improve readability.

How to Write an Essay
An essay is really a message or answer that you put into an organized, written form. When you write an essay, you actually write a long response to a prompt, or an answer to a question.

Ethical Dilemmas for Essay Topics
Do you need to discuss, argue, or examine an ethical issue for your class? This list of ethical issues was designed for students.

Compare and Contrast Essay
Compare and contrast essays may be constructed in one of two ways. You can focus on one topic at a time, describing the pro’s and cons of one topic first and then moving on to the next topic. Before you begin to draft a compare and contrast essay, you should brainstorm to list similarities and differences.

What I Did On My Vacation
Are you required to write an essay about your summer vacation or your holiday break? This can be a tough assignment to tackle. Read some tips about writing your vacation essay and find out how to put some spark into your assignment.

How to Write a Descriptive Essay
A descriptive essay should enable your reader to experience your topic with all senses.

Cause and Effect Essay Topics
Cause and effect essays explore how and why things happen. You may start with an event, like the Boston Tea Party, and explain why it happened. You could also start with the Boston Tea Party and explore the events that followed.

Topical Organization Essay
When it comes to writing an essay, topical organization means describing something one topic at a time. Any time you have to describe something, like an animal, a gadget, an event, or a process, you can use the topical organization. Your first step is to divide your subjects into small parts and then define each one.

How to Write an Argument Essay
For an argument essay to be effective, it must contain certain elements. For this reason, you'll have to plan ahead a little. Take a few minutes to prepare before you jump into writing an argument essay.

8 Parts of Speech
There are eight basic parts of speech. We understand language best when we break it down to observe the roles of each word type.

5 Ways to Improve Your Writing
Do you understand the difference between a phrase and a clause? You can improve your writing skills if you learn to conquer these five common grammar problems.

Writing Creative Nonfiction
Creative nonfiction is a type of writing style that combines elements of literary and fact-based writing. Familiar types of creative or literary nonfiction are the memoir and the personal essay.

List of Adjectives for Your Writing
This list of adjectives may provide inspiration as you write your essay or story. Find adjectives for serious, dark, negative tones or cheery, happy, positive tones.

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