ESL 05 Make your ESL teacher happy
Paragraph 1: Format!
The first way to write a successful in-class essay is to consider the formatting. The teacher does not want any stress when she reads your essay, so make it look nice! First be sure to write your name and the page number on each page, and also double-space and leave margins on both sides. This way she can make comments and help you. Additionally provide headings such as the one above this paragraph. This guides her eye and shows her you are considering organization. Moreover, make your letters, punctuation and spelling very neat. If the teacher needs to open a bottle of wine to survive reading your essay, that spells T R O U B L E! Thus good, clear formatting and legible writing will greatly improve your chances of writing a strong in-class essay.
Paragraph 2: PLAN!
The second step to successful in-class essay writing is to plan your thoughts and write your essay in the allotted time. First brainstorm your ideas. The teacher usually calls this ‘barfing out’ all your ideas onto scratch paper, but it is a wonderful way to organize your thoughts before you take pen to paper. This will eliminate scratching out and adding in full sentences between the lines. That surely annoys the teacher! Additionally keep an eye on the clock! Calculate your time well. You have 120 minutes to write the essay. A good plan might be to use 15 minutes to ‘throw up’ your ideas, 30 minutes per paragraph – including using your dictionary! – and 15 minutes to check your final work carefully. If you use your time well, you will not panic at the end and your essay will be beautiful!
Paragraph 3: Check!!
The third step to writing a successful in-class essay is to check your work! First Check each paragraph after you write it. Ask yourself the skills you have learned in class: is the topic sentence clear and specific? Are there supporting ideas with clear transitions like “moreover” and “additionally”? Are there details and...