sheron15 profile Member info Member since: Mar 20, 2016 Question asked: 1 Question answered: 5 Best answers: 0 Questions Answers Best Research Essay 6 Answers My learning institution would teach the art of Courtesy ( if you are courteous, you will earn respect), Respect (if you respect all things, you learn tolerance) and Tolerance (if you tolerate, you have learned well). I believe if one has those under one’s belt, everything else will come easily. Not on here. The ones that come here want us to do it for them, not help them. Yes essays should have a title. Usually you are given the title and asked to create an essay based upon it. I’m working on an essay myself. Write it the way you would write fiction. Start off with a conflict or a strong quote. Don’t tell us, show us, through dialog, description and interesting facts. Possibly you’ll need to cut some things out. Don’t linger too long on peripheral things. Who or what is the subject of your essay? Round it out with some descriptions, facts and dialog. Remember, don’t overkill with small stuff. Send your reader on a journey. Keep it entertaining and start off with a grabber. Get it all down on paper. Revise it. And read it aloud to a writer’s group or aloud to yourself. It really does help having a sounding board of other people. My rules for essays are: Tell ’em what you intend to tell ’em. Tell ’em. Tell ’em what you told ’em. 1. Tell ’em what you intend to tell ’em. Here, we declare the intent of the essay: “Purple cats make better pets than green dogs.” That is the “hard” opening. It is direct, and leaves no questions. A “soft” opening leads the reader on, hopefully to form an independent conclusion: “Do purple cats make better pets than green dogs?” The soft opening uses the power of the open-ended question, thereby opening the possibility of rational dissent. It offends journalists who hope to commandeer elections with half-truths, misrepresentation, and fraud, but the open-ended question gets to the truth and allows the reader to do their own thinking. Trust in the fact that people think for themselves anyway. 2. Tell ’em. Using the power of the open-ended question, ask what a pet owner would like to see in a purple cat or a green dog. Show clear facts about purple cats and green dogs, but make sure that these really are facts, not opinions, and that you fully disclose the opposition case — tactfully. Draw no conclusions, and know that people will still do their own thinking, unless, of course, they have been programmed, in which case you might as well not bother writing because they won’t listen to reason anyway. 3. Tell ’em what you told ’em. Here, we draw conclusions based on facts, not speculation, and have examined the opposition viewpoint completely and honestly. Again, programmed people (leftist college students are the severest extreme of that unfortunate fact of life) will not listen to reason. Until they deal with life in the actual world, they tend to remain programmed down to whatever the teachers wanted them to believe. Be patient: life has a way to bring even the most maladapted leftist back to their senses or they die off anyway. No great loss either way. Remember also that if you merely rehash what some purple-hair leftist firebrand in college told you to write, you have made no contribution at all. And if you lard down your essay with seldom-used words to appear more “educated” then you will be outed as a thesaurus abuser, whose message carries a subtext that real live editors do not tolerate: not every magazine to whom you submit is Pravda or Harper’s. The danger is that if these hacks publish your work, you will be typecast forever and will not be published anywhere else. In Formalese, we call this declaration, exposition, and summary. But in the English language, how she is spoke among REAL people, we tell ’em what we’re going to tell ’em, tell ’em, and tell ’em what we told ’em. Easy, quick, and efficient, is it not? sheron15 has no Best Answers.