| Chapter 2 - Section 2d: Timing
How to write a 300-word essay in 30 minutes
Do not dive right in. If you begin writing immediately
you will likely find it difficult to follow your critique all the
way through without making mistakes in organization. Instead, take
time to think about what you will be writing and create an outline
The problem of poorly trained police officers that has plagued New York City should become less serious in the future. The City has initiated comprehensive guidelines that oblige police officers in multiculturalism and proper ways to deal with the city's ethnic groups.
Explain how logically
persuasive you find this argument. In discussing your viewpoint,
analyze the argument's line of reasoning and its use of evidence.
Also explain what, if anything, would make the argument more
valid and convincing or help you to better evaluate its conclusion.
Step 1: Dissect the argument (2 minutes)
What is the topic
and scope of the argument?
Scope: a given
solution, centering on mandatory classes
The argument's conclusion?
The problem of poorly trained police officers that has plagued New York City should become less serious in the future.
What's the evidence?
The City has initiated comprehensive guidelines that oblige police officers in multiculturalism and proper ways to deal with the city's ethnic groups.
Arguments typically will be structured in one of two ways:
Summarize the argument:
The problem of poor police officers will become less serious
How does the argument use its evidence?
It uses evidence
of multiculturalism training as evidence to conclude that future
improvement is likely.
Step 2: Select the points you will make (5 minutes)
Does the argument make any assumptions? That is, are there gaps between evidence and conclusion?
PART 2: Writing the
a. State a clear
thesis for the essay.
Step 4: Type your essay (20 minutes)
Write your paragraphs in the essay with great care.
Make sure your
"key" words, transitional phrases, major points, and examples,
are properly spelled so that the E-rater can identify them properly
and know that you have a well written essay.
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