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Post by Orchidee on Mon May 12, 2008 11:14 am

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A summary of Chapter 3 - Barron SAT II Writing. Abridged by Lan Tran.

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Post by Orchidee on Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:11 am

START WITH AN APPEALING AND INFORMATIVE INTRODUCTION


An essay with an unimaginative start begins with a handicap, and the writer will have to work much harder to overcome the reader’s first impressions.

Beware also of openings that are too cute or precious, as in

Little did Washington know as he sat sipping a brew on the veranda at Mount Vernon with his little woman Martha beside him, that , … ect
--> Be thoughtful and clever, yes, but not obnoxious

Throughout the recorded time, man has struggled to keep the flame of freedom alive
--> Be intelligent and perceptive, yes, but not pompous

Techniques for pulling readers into the body of an essay are unlimited. Here are some popular formats

Begin with a brief incident or anecdote that relates to the point of your essay.
--> When Joanie entered Springdale high school early last September, she didn’t know that she had left her constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate

State a provocative idea in an ordinary way or an ordinary idea in a provocative way
-->The a person is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty is an alien concept in Room 202 of my school

Use a quote from the test question, from Shakespeare, or any other source
--> Some animals are equal, but some are more equal than others – George Orwell said that

Knock down a commonly held assumption or define a word in a new and startling way
--> When Ivan Ulove, a Russian immigrant, arrived in Vermont, he learnt that freedom does not mean cutting down a neighbor’s maple tree

Ask an interesting question, or two, which you will answer in your essay.
--> Is true democracy possible ? Or is it just an idea to work for ?

Make an unexpected connection between your topic and a bit of culture
--> We will get by with a little from out friends. That, at least, was the hope of Hurricane Andrew’s victims after the winds died down.

Create suspense by waiting until the end of the opening passage to reveal your topic
--> Michael Jackson takes his everywhere, while Julia Roberts takes hers to bed. Rob Lowe keeps one in each Porches and Jennifer Leigh has one made of gold. Happiness for all these starts depends on having a cellular telephone at their fingertips.

If none of these works, or if you don’t have time, declare your thesis right up front. But don’t phrase it like an announcement, as in “In this essay, I am going to prove that democracy is not dead”. State your point, as in “Democracy is far from dead”, and take it from here
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Post by vanh.vu.1210 on Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:37 pm

Thank you very much for those useful posts above! They definitely flash my mind!

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Post by Orchidee on Sat Nov 01, 2008 6:54 pm

download the ebook for good sake :D
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