Writing the Basic Analytical Essay: Part Three

By Dr. Rosette Liberman, www.cooperhillstylebook.com The Body This copyrighted article is the third of a series that teaches students how to write an effective essay. Parts One and Two are available at http://cooperhillstylebook.com/archive/ How many paragraphs should an essay contain? There is no absolute answer to this question. It arises because of an arbitrary model called “the 5-paragraph essay.” People who talk about essays that...

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Writing the Basic Analytical Essay: Part Two

  The Introduction   By Dr. Rosette Liberman, www.cooperhillstylebook.com   This copyrighted article is the second of a series that teaches students how to write an effective essay.  The first installment, Writing the Basic Analytical Essay Part One, is available at http://cooperhillstylebook.com/archive/  Function of the Introduction The Introduction hooks the reader’s interest in the topic or theme of the essay. The...

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Why Bother with Grammar?

by Rosette Liberman http://cooperhillstylebook.com/ To answer this question, we must first ask, “What does grammar do?” Grammar guides us to exactly what we mean to say much as a GPS guides us to exactly where we intend to go. Reaching an approximate destination is just as unsatisfactory as saying more or less what we mean. The purpose of language is communication, but without knowledge of grammar we’re most likely to end up with...

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What if I’m Not a Grammarian or a Particularly Good Writer?

By Rosette Liberman, co-author of The Cooperhill Style Book, http://cooperhillstylebook.com/ All parents ask themselves this question when they try to help their high schoolers revise their writing. After all, for most of us it’s been a long time since high school English. We ask ourselves should this be: who or whom? lie or lay? me or I? like or as? bring or take? different than or different from? On a more advanced level, we want to...

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