Esl Essay Writing Sample

I.INTRODUCTION

A. Begins with a sentence that captures the reader’s attention

1) You may want to use an interesting example, a surprising statistic, or a challenging question.

B. Gives background information on the topic.

C. Includes the THESIS STATEMENT which:

1) States the main ideas of the essay and includes:

a. Topic

b. Viewpoint (what you plan to say about the topic)

2) Is more general than supporting data

3) May mention the main point of each of the body paragraphs

II.BODY PARAGRAPH #1

A. Begins with a topic sentence that:

1) States the main point of the paragraph

2) Relates to the THESIS STATEMENT

B. After the topic sentence, you need to fill the paragraph with well-organized details, facts, and examples.

C. Paragraph may end with a transition.

III.BODY PARAGRAPH #2

A. Begins with a topic sentence that:

1) States the main point of the paragraph

2) Relates to the THESIS STATEMENT

B. After the topic sentence, you need to fill the paragraph with well-organized details, facts, and examples.

C. Paragraph may end with a transition.

IV.BODY PARAGRPH #3

A. Begins with a topic sentence that:

3) States the main point of the paragraph

4) Relates to the THESIS STATEMENT

B. After the topic sentence, you need to fill the paragraph with well-organized details, facts, and examples.

C. Paragraph may end with a transition.

V. CONCLUSION

A. Echoes the THESIS STATEMENT but does not repeat it.

B. Poses a question for the future, suggests some action to be taken, or warns of a consequence.

C. Includes a detail or example from the INTRODUCTION to “tie up” the essay.

D. Ends with a strong image – or a humorous or surprising statement.


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ESL Essay : Leisure Time

Everyone has different ways of spending his or her free time. Write about one or more ways that you like to spend your leisure time. Do you exercise, read, play sports, shop, sleep, or study? How often do you do this? Is this an activity that you do alone or with a group? How does the activity help you relax, clear your mind, or feel better?

(This ESL Essay incidentally, was written by a friend of mine, who is an elementary school teacher from Penghu Island Taiwan)

    
     Everyone has different ways of spending his or her free time. As for me, I usually do reading when I have free time. Most of the time, I read alone. I think through reading, I can discover the beauty of the world.

     When I was young, my parents were always busy working.; Therefore, they bought me a lot of books to keep me company. Through reading, I have made friends with the Three Little Pigs, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, and so on. Since then, reading has become an important part of my life. Books, magazines or newspaper are very handy to carry around with. The smallness of size and the lightweight of reading materials made it very convenient for me to put them into my handbag.  . , Moreover, I can read whenever and wherever I choose to., Even during an interval of time, like waiting for a bus or at break time  in school or at work.; Some people even read while they are in the toilets. In short, I can enjoy reading no matter when or where.

     In addition to the convenience, reading also enriches my life, gives me a lot of fun, and releases me from the pressuresof modern living. I live in Taiwan and I'm an elementary school teacher. While reading books on travel, like ※Lonely Planet§ for example, I got to know about other countries and their cultures and customs too. ; , I can also get to know about other peoples' stories through their biographies. When I am immersed in a novel for example, I can experience the same feelings, such as excitement, sadness and happiness, with the characters in the books. I went to the Hogwarts with Harry Potter, fell in love with Romeo and Juliet, and decoded secret ancient codes with The Da Vinci Code; all of which brought me enormous pleasure.. Through reading, I can set aside all the cares of this material world and just dive into the world books provide. Reading relieves me from the burdens of life, and serves as an outlet for my frustrations.

     I usually do reading alone when I have free time. Reading alone doesn't make me antisocial.  , It is just because most of time,I happen to be alone when I have free time. In short, doing reading when I'm free can broaden my horizons, make me happy, and help me relax.

     Everyone has different ways of spending his or her free time. As for me, I usually do reading when I have free time. Most of the time, I read alone. I think through reading, I can discover the beauty of the world. 

     When I was young, my parents were always busy working.Therefore, they bought me a lot of books to keep me company. Through reading, I have made friends with the Three Little Pigs, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, and so on. Since then, reading has become an important part of my life. Books, magazines or newspaper are very handy to carry around with. The smallness of size and the lightweight of reading materials made it very convenient for me to put them into my handbag. Moreover, I can read whenever and wherever I choose to.Even during an interval of time, like waiting for a bus or at break time in school or at work.Some people even read while they are in the toilets. In short, I can enjoy reading no matter when or where.

     In addition to the convenience, reading also enriches my life, gives me a lot of fun, and releases me from the pressuresof modern living. I live in Taiwan and I'm an elementary school teacher. While reading books on travel, like ※Lonely Planet§ for example, I got to know about other countries and their cultures and customs too. I can also get to know about other peoples' stories through their biographies. When I am immersed in a novel for example, I can experience the same feelings, such as excitement, sadness and happiness, with the characters in the books. I went to the Hogwarts with Harry Potter, fell in love with Romeo and Juliet, and decoded secret ancient codes with The Da Vinci Code; all of which brought me enormous pleasure.Through reading, I can set aside all the cares of this material world and just dive into the world books provide. Reading relieves me from the burdens of life, and serves as an outlet for my frustrations.

     I usually do reading alone when I have free time. Reading alone doesn't make me anti-social. It is just because most of time, I happen to be alone when I have free time. In short, doing reading when I'm free can broaden my horizons, make me happy, and help me relax.

Corrected and explained

     Everyone has different ways of spending his or her free time. As for me, I usually do reading when I have free time. Most of the time,(※the§ is necessary here) I read alone. I think (You are not wrong, but I just thought ※through§ is a better word) through reading, I can (※discover§ is a much more emotional word than ※find out§. ※Beauty of the world§ sounds better) discover the beauty of the world.

     When I was young, my parents were always (emphasize ※always§ to give it a stronger feel) busy working.; Therefore, they bought me a lot of (※a lot of§ gives tells the reader more than just buying ※books§) books to keep me company (You are not wrong, but try ※keeping me company§ as a variation). Through reading, I have (※have made§, ※have eaten§, ※have taken§)made friends with the Three Little Pigs, Snow White, Red Riding (Don't forget the ※Riding§) Hood, and so on. Since then, reading has become (※Has become§ stresses the fact that it was never before) an important part of my life. Books, magazines(No ※,§ when you have the ※or§) or newspaper are very handy to carry around with. (emphasize that you want to ※carry them around§) The smallness of size and the lightweight(※sizes and weights§ is not wrong, but sounds like an expression used in your science books) of reading materials made it very convenient for me to put them into my handbag. (Make your description more graphic, like ※putting in your handbag§ so the reader will try to picture or imagine what you are doing). , Moreover,(meaning besides) I can read whenever and wherever (meaning anytime and anywhere) I choose to., Even during an interval (Not ※shred of time§ but ※interval of time§)of time, like waiting for a bus or at break time  in school or at work.; Some people even read while they are in the toilets. In short, I can enjoy reading no matter when or where.

     In addition to the convenience, reading also (※also§ because it is an additional point you are making) enriches my life, gives (※bring§ is not wrong.) me a lot of fun, and releases me from the pressuresof modern living.(Pressure from what? Why not tell the reader it is from modern living) I live in Taiwan and I'm an elementary school teacher. While reading books on travel, like ※Lonely Planet§ for example (※Lonely Planet§ is a popular book about travel), I got to know about other countries and their cultures and customs too. ; , I can also get to (※get to know§ as in trying or attempting to find out about something) know about other peoples' stories through their biographies. When I am immersed (※immersed§ as in very indulged or very focused in doing something) in a novel (Novel, why not tell what you are reading) for example, I can experience (※share's is alright, but experience is a feeling of been into something physically. A more powerful way to describe your feelings) the same feelings, such as excitement, sadness and happiness, with the characters in the books. I went to the Hogwarts with Harry Potter, fell in love with Romeo and Juliet, and decoded secret ancient codes with The Da Vinci Code; all of which brought me enormous pleasure.(※enormous§ means ※big or huge§). Through reading, I can set aside all the cares of this material (or all the woes of this world. Meaning the worries or concerns) world and just dive into the world books provide. Reading relieves me from the burdens of life, and serves as an outlet for my frustrations.(An ※outlet§ is a ※channel§ and in this context, it means to vent your anger, or frustrations)

     I usually do reading alone when I have free time. Reading alone doesn't make me antisocial.(※Antisocial§ means not wanting to be around people or doing things that others disapprove of, socially) , It is just because most of time,I happen to be (※Happen to be§ means ※by chance§ like ※I happened to see him at the department store) alone when I have free time. In short, doing reading when I'm free can broaden my horizons, (Your ※horizons§ are the things you know, or your knowledge base, so to speak) make me happy, and help me relax.


What is an ESL Essay?

One of the most common written assignments you will be asked to prepare at university is an ESL Essay.
An academic ESL Essay is a document or text written in order to:

1. Analyze a topic closely
2. Develop a point of view in relation to that topic through research and thought
3. Persuade your reader that the point of view you have developed is well supported by the ideas and
    information you present

ESL Essays have three main parts or stages:

The initial statement of the point of view that you have developed in response to the topic
(sometimes called the thesis statement). This part of the ESL Essay is the introduction.
The argument or arguments which are presented to support this point of view. This part is the body of the ESL Essay.
The summary of the arguments and the restatement of the overall point of view that has been
developed. This part of the ESL Essay is the conclusion.

Writing the ESL Essay

When preparing an ESL Essay you undertake a number of different activities:

1. Choosing a question
2. Analyzing the question
3. Making an initial plan
4. Locating resources
5. Reading and noting
6. Writing the first draft
7. Revising and redrafting.

You may find that you move backwards and forwards among these activities. For example, when you are writing your first draft you may constantly refer back to your analysis of the question to make sure you are answering the question. Sometimes as you read you discover ideas that you hadn*t thought of or come across previously, and so you may need to locate further resources.

Choosing a question

If you have a choice of ESL Essay questions you might consider the following factors when deciding which ESL Essay to do:

1. Which topics interest you most?
2. Which topics have good resource materials available?
3. Which topics are most relevant to you personally or professionally?
4. Which topics might be easiest for you to write about?

Analyzing the question

Analyzing the question enables you to keep your ESL Essay on the topic by identifying the important parts of the ESL Essay question. There are three main parts to an ESL Essay question which you need to identify:

Task or directive words such as &analyze*, &discuss*, &compare*. A list of commonly used task words and an interpretation of what they mean has been included at the end of this topic.

Information words.
This part of the question describes what content you will focus on in the ESL Essay

Limits words.
There are two kinds of limits in ESL Essay questions. There are limits to the information part of the question confining it, for example, to a particular place, time or group. There are also limits set on the length and time for the ESL Essay and sometimes limits on the resources you are to use.

Commonly Used Task Words

Task word Meaning
analyse examine closely; examine something in terms of its parts and how they are related to each other
argue present a case for and/or against #
assess

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