Writing Workshop. Lsn 11. Writing Requirement. 700 to 1,000 word analytical paper Analytical writing Thesis. Analytical Writing. GRE Analytical Writing Measure assesses the applicant's ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively examine claims and accompanying evidence
Writing Workshop Lsn 11
Writing Requirement • 700 to 1,000 word analytical paper • Analytical writing • Thesis
Analytical Writing • GRE Analytical Writing Measure assesses the applicant's ability to • articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively • examine claims and accompanying evidence • support ideas with relevant reasons and examples • sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion • control the elements of standard written English
Thesis • “a position or proposition that a person ... advances and offers to maintain by argument" • Webster’s Dictionary
Writing Style • Put the recommendation, conclusion or reason for writing -- the “bottom line” -- in the first paragraph, not at the end. (BLUF = Bottom line up front) • Use the active voice. • Write for your audience, but, in general, keep it simple • Use short sentences (an average of 15 or fewer words) • Understand the words you use • Write paragraphs that average 6 to 7 sentences in length • Use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Organization: “M1A1 Paper” • Intro… tell them what you’re going to tell them • Body… tell them • Conclusion… tell them what you told them
Example • Introduction • The University of Southern Mississippi is the best all-around university in the state. This is because of its diversity of majors, opportunities afforded by its location, and richness of its student life. These attributes allow the University of Southern Mississippi to meet the needs of a wide variety of students.
Example • Para 2 • Majors • Para 3 • Location • Para 4 • Student life
Example • Conclusion • There is something for everyone at USM. Whether a student wants to major in dance or polymer science, he can get a quality education here. Hattiesburg is truly “the Hub City,” and USM’s location provides easy access to such places as the Gulf Coast, New Orleans, and Jackson. Finally, USM offers abundant student life opportunities ranging from fraternities and sororities to intercollegiate athletics to clubs. USM is the total package. It is the best all-around university in the state.
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