Teachers talk about essay structure and how parents can help, even if they're not familiar with the topic of the essay.
At a glance
- Determine 'what is the question asking?'
- Essays follow a specific formula.
- Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay.
- Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage.
- Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body.
- One idea per paragraph.
- Proofreading your child's essays helps them and lets you stay in touch with what they're doing at school.
Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. Here are some reminders to help you and your child.
There are some really practical ways which a parent can help their child – it doesn't matter if they don't know the content themselves.
If they are writing essays, essays can be very overwhelming for students.
Parents can help children with their essay writing by organising their thoughts. To start with they need to discuss with their child, "What is the question and what is the question really asking?"
They need to carefully look at the questions they're being asked. The question should always have a key term – it's usually the first word of the question, it may be later, and they are things like explain, discuss, outline, analyze, identify.
Have a conversation around that and really nut out the key points and jot those key points down.
In each examination the verbs actually ask a really specific thing.
For example, if they're asking you to evaluate, what they're really doing is asking you to make a judgement about something.
If on the other hand they're asking you to just name and define something, they're asking you to name it and explain what that thing is about.
But they are different things, so a student really needs to understand what the verb of the question is asking for them to do it and be successful at responding to that.
Circle the important words in the question and make sure you focus on what they're asking you to do, not what you want to do.
Essays follow a very specific formula.
Practise your essay structure, so that you're following the introduction, body and conclusion.
They start with an introduction that introduces everything that's going to be discussed in the essay that will follow.
Really make sure you're addressing "What is the question asking?" and put forward your response to it.
And just in very key, short sentences, the points that you're going to be discussing in your essay to support your answer.
Those key points form your introduction and each point starts a paragraph.
Topic sentences which introduce what each paragraph is going to be about.
In each paragraph you need to expand on that point, to elaborate and explain – and draw upon the text or the sources – why it is that you are putting forward this point of view or this argument.
Knowing your language features – so metaphor, simile, personification.
You have an example from your text, and then you explain the effect of using that language feature because authors don't use language features just to pad, they use it to have an effect on the audience, so it's important that the students understand that and it's got to relate back to that question.
Every idea is a new paragraph so that they don't end up with gi-normous paragraphs. One idea one paragraph. Students should be learning that from primary school.
Then your conclusion needs to sum it all up, but you never include any new information because that shows you haven't planned.
So the introduction introduces all the points of an essay, and then each point is expanded on in the subsequent paragraphs and then all of those points are rounded up and brought together in the conclusion.
We say, essay writing:
- Introduction – say what you're going to say.
- Body – say it.
- Conclusion – say what you've said.
One thing that parents can do to help their children in high school is to proofread their homework.
By proofreading you'll not only help your child, and offer a sense of support, that can help them feel more confident with the work that they're then submitting, but it can really help inform the parent about where their child is at.
You get to learn more about their life in high school, as well as where they're at academically and ways that you can help them.
There are more videos, articles and glossaries to help your child with writing at www.schoolatoz.com.au
We have provided various types of English essays (such as Education, India, Science & Technology, Animals, Festivals, National Days, Social Issues & Social Awareness, Personalities/People, Monuments, Relationships, Sports, Environmental Issues, Proverb, Moral Values, Nature and Essay on Health and Fitness etc) on various topics for kids (including Nursery, KG) and children (studying in classes, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12). Such type of essays can be very helpful for parents to make their kids actively participating in the extra-curricular activities including essay writing, debate, discussion, etc.
These Essays are written in very simple and easy language using very easy words. These are easily understandable by any student. Such essays may help and motivate students to know about the Indian cultures, heritages, monuments, famous places, importance of teachers, mothers, animals, traditional festivals, events, occasions, famous personalities, legends, social issues and so many other topics. We have provided very unique and general topics essay which are generally assigned to students in the school.
Following are different types of essay topics for students which are categorized in many sections so that you can easily chose the topic as per your need and requirement.