When writing your essay, keep the following suggestions in mind:

These OWL resources will help you with the types of writing you may encounter while in college. The OWL resources range from rhetorical approaches for writing, to document organization, to sentence level work, such as clarity. For specific examples of writing assignments, please see our Common Writing Assignments area.

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This handout provides steps and exercises to eliminate wordiness at the sentence level.

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After that, Homer returned, but that was the last time the town saw him. Speculation ensued and – after Emily was buried – they broke into her house to see the vestiges of her life. The townsfolk saw Homer’s skeletal remains – and beside him – a pillow with an indentation of Emily’s head.

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Here, the story tells readers of the death of Emily’s father and how she remained the way she was even before his death. Homer Barron – a contractor paving the streets of her hometown – arrived and she grew to love him. However, there were several events in her life that made their relationship harder. The primary reason is the visit of her two distant cousins from another state and Homer temporary leaving Emily to give her the chance to get rid of them.

Thinking about friend…forgot to buy gas…car wouldn't start…missed math exam…failed math course.

Many students find it difficult to write a conclusion.

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A simple introduction to an argumentative assignment has three parts.

This handout provides information on visual and textual devices for adding emphasis to your writing including textual formatting, punctuation, sentence structure, and the arrangement of words.

Read the following description of the parts.

What are the causes? What are the effects? Which should be emphasized? Are there single or multiple causes? Single or multiple effects? Is a chain reaction involved?

They make up the conclusion to another argumentative essay.

This resource presents methods for adding sentence variety and complexity to writing that may sound repetitive or boring. Sections are divided into general tips for varying structure, a discussion of sentence types, and specific parts of speech which can aid in sentence variety.

The event The causes The consequences

The Modes of Discourse—Exposition, Description, Narration, Argumentation (EDNA)—are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes. Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the wide spread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them.

(savestime, money, less equipment).

Sometimes, many causes contribute to a single effect or many effects may result from a single cause. (Your instructor will specify which cause/effect method to use.) The following are examples:

The conclusion closes the essay and tries to close the issue.

This resource will help you write clear, concise sentences while remaining in the passive voice. Passive voice is used quite often in scientific writing.