Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Kenneth P. Cash
Publisher: Seekers Publishing, Inc.
How often have you been challenged to write an essay and have no clue how to start, how to organize your thoughts and how to conclude the work to make it understandable, interesting and factual?
Author, instructor of English at a community college and television show co-host, Kenneth P. Cash writes a simple, step-by-step instructional guide book titled Essay Writing - A Guide to Essay Structure & Different Rhetorical Patterns to help one with writing essays.
With ninety-two pages, this oversize paperback textbook is divided into two sections: preliminaries and types of essays. The first part discusses audience and purpose, general guidelines, writing process, structuring rules, introductory techniques, writing thesis statements, transitional words and titles. The second part explains types or approaches to rhetorical patterns such as description, definition, examples, process analysis, comparison/contrast, classification, cause and effect, argumentation, and narration, ending with similarities and differences between essays and research papers.
A simple process in writing essays is to choose a subject, narrow the topic, brainstorm, make an outline, write a rough draft, complete the final draft and proofread it. When a writer knows his or her audience and purpose, there are seven ways to start the essay by going broad to specific in the initial paragraph, defining the topic simplistically, contrasting it initially, explaining its importance, stating a brief story related to it, and starting with a question or quotation. One suggestion in checking grammar and mechanics is to read the essay backwards by sentence, starting at the end. Using an outline, one can sort and organize to achieve the type of essay required.
Author Cash not only gives tips and suggestions under each chapter, but shows examples of each type of essay through outlining and then displaying a sample essay to show its organization. One example is of a definition essay about “Christian Beliefs” that breaks it down to three main points of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit with six to seven sub-points under each. One can easily understand the corresponding sentence structure of outline to essay. A more complicated essay would be a narrative with its outline of five segments including a plethora sub-points, using an example about the Titanic sinking.
This is a helpful addition to high school or college essay writing classes as it is simple yet concise in its organization, flow and layout. As Cash states when writing, “Assume nothing! Pretend that your reader(s) know(s) nothing about the topic that you are writing about, so you have to explain everything.”
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