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Could you please offer me some advice on the following assignment: Write a coherent,...

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sakerbubbles | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 12, 2013 at 6:39 PM via web

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Could you please offer me some advice on the following assignment:

Write a coherent, unified, multi-paragraph (3 or more paragraphs) composition of at least 300 words on this topic: "The important things in life endure over time."

In your composition, you may apply any appropriate method of development, including exposition, persuasion, description, and narration.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM (Answer #1)

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This is a good assignment because it offers you the opportunity to write just about anything you want, as long as it is written well. The first thing you must do, of course, is determine how you feel about the essay prompt: "The important things in life endure over time."

If you believe that is not a true statement, perhaps you should choose a persuasive essay giving examples to support your position; your examples could be in form of description or narrative, as well as history.

If you believe this is a true statement, you will have to decide how you want to prove it. If you have a great story to illustrate that point, write a narrative essay; if you want to try to convince someone who disagrees with you, write a persuasive essay. If you just want to choose something which proves this thesis without any persuasion, write an expository essay. 

Once you have determined which method of development best suits your thoughts on this subject, you need to gather your evidence and support. (This is not particularly applicable to a narrative, as you will simply tell your story to prove your point.) If you have two good reasons, examples, or arguments, your essay would consist of four paragraphs: introduction, two body points, and a conclusion. If you have more than two points, simply increase the number of body paragraphs.

Examples of intangible things that are generally considered to be important and do endure over time might include love, freedom, or belief in God. On the other hand, there is evidence that these three things do not always endure over time. 

Examples of more tangible things which "endure over time" might include architecture, art, literature; however, we also know that all such things do not survive over time. 

Whatever method of development you choose, you must develop and maintain a clear organization, connect your thoughts with effective transitions, and use appropriate and effective examples to make your case. Happy writing!

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