Theology & religious studies. Introduction to Essay Writing Wendy Smeets Write Now CETL. The writing process. Analyse the question - identify key instruction words, the topic/s and specific aspects to be discussed.
Introduction to Essay Writing
Write Now CETL
“Do you have to be a Christian to be a Christian Theologian?"
- analyse the task
- brainstorm - group your ideas
- read additional source materials
- outline the essay
- write the first version of your first draft
- write your second version – making structural changes if necessary
- proof-read and edit – checking grammar, spelling and format.
- submit first draft.
thesis statement & main points
Theme 1: 1 main point & supporting evidence
Conclusion: summarise & paraphrase
University assignments require students to analyse material rather than simply describe or recount.
The writing style is formal and impersonal, taking into account the use of non-discriminatory language and other conventions.
In text referencing
An example of footnote referencing1
Camperdown Cemetery in Newtown, Sydney is considered one of Australia's most historically significant cemeteries2.
1 J. Flello, (unpub.) A Survey of Camperdown Cemetery.2 C. Lucas. State Heritage, State Heritage Inventory - Item View, http://www.interimtechnology.com.au/herit/item.html (updated 10 December, 1999, accessed 10 May, 1999).
Please refer to the text by David Ford Theology: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford: OUP, 2000), pps.16 - 18.
How would you be able to use this text in your essay to talk about the different types of institution at which one can study theology?
Ford1 described three types of institution at which theology can be studied. He argues that the best approach is to find an institution that combines theology with religious studies.
1David Ford, Theology: a very short introduction (Oxford: OUP, 2000), pps.16 - 18.