The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons Building Blocks For Analytical Writing

The Elegant Essay by Lesha Myers

Posted onJuly 5, 2011byJanice Campbell

The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons: Building Blocks for Analytical Writing

For years, I have recommendedThe Elegant Essay as the best resource I know for essay writing. Written by Lesha Myers, this text offers detailed instructions and models for each part of the essay.

Both Student Book and Teacher Manual are user-friendly, and each section of the essay is taught with many examples and exercises. This is useful for both learning and review.

The Elegant Essay covers:

  • Overview
    • five writing components
    • the essay skeleton
    • parts of the essay
  • Thesis Statements
    • kinds of statements (expository, narrative, persuasive)
    • instructions for devoting a thesis
    • charts, examples, and exercises
  • Essay Organization
    • five-paragraph structure with example
    • showing vs. telling
    • evidence and support
    • examples and exercises
  • Transitions
    • kinds of transitions
    • examples and exercises
  • Introductions
    • kinds of openings
    • problems with introductions
    • use of creativity
    • charts, examples, and exercises
  • Conclusions
    • kinds of closings
    • a pattern for conclusions
    • problems with closings
    • charts, examples, and exercises
  • Form Review
    • essay elements
    • bridge transitions
  • Thesis & Outlines
    • thesis polishing
    • answering prompts
    • planning
    • charts, examples, and exercises
  • Descriptive Essay
    • generating ideas
    • developing your thesis
    • the body
    • transitions, introductions, and conclusions
    • examples and exercises
  • Persuasive Essay
    • generating ideas
    • thesis models
    • citations
    • charts, examples, and exercises
  • Appendices
    • Teaching Models
    • Grading Sheets

 The Teacher’s Manual offers:

  • Three-step lesson plans
  • 14-week schedule
  • Condensed 3-4-week schedule for an “Essay Boot Camp”
  • MLA citation instructions
  • Discussion of two grading methods: checklist (rubric) and points
  • Extra teaching models
  • Review of IEW essay basics and style techniques

Spiral-bound paperbacks: 8.5 x 11″
Teacher’s Manual: 110 pages
Student Book: 114 pages

Elegant Essay Student Book
with Teacher’s Manual
Student Text Only
Set of both books: $49Student text only $29 + shipping

 

 

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