Essay Writing


Writing essays is a big part of life and learning at the university. Not only does it teach you good English writing skills, it helps you to think about various topics in an organized manner. In your courses in the next few years at TUST you will have to write reports, so teaching you how to write reports will be a large part of Bob's class this year. And, when you graduate from TUST, you will probably want to find a job, which means that you will have to be able to write resumes and cover letters, and once you get the job, there are many other kinds of writing you may be asked to do. So, pay attention and learn well - this is important for your future.

Essay Template

This is a template you can use for your essays. All you need to do is replace my words with the words in your essay.
This is the format you must use for all essays:

Essay Template.doc



Argumentative Essays

This is the first type of essay we will be doing this semester. All of the class materials, plus a number of sample argumentative essays, are below.

This is the PowerPoint presentation I use in class:
Argumentative Essays for TUST 2011

The argumentative essay assignment:

  1. The formatting standards and list of topics are in the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Your essay must be at least 250 words long.
  3. Your essay is due one week after your computer class:
  • Classes 42 and 43: Monday, March 14
  • Class 41: Tuesday, March 15
  • Class 44: Wednesday, March 16

Here are some sample argumentative essays. Note that they don't all exactly follow the same format and organization, but they can give you some ideas about how to write your own essay.
Should Parents Pay for Their Children's Crimes?
Should Governments Spend Money on Art?
Should Dangerous Sports be Banned?
Security Cameras and Privacy
School Drop-Outs: Problems and Solutions
Media and Privacy
Is a University Education Necessary?
Drug Abuse Problems and Solutions
Animal Testing: We Must Be Responsible


Cause and Effect Essays

This is a pretty simple essay, only four paragraphs. All of the class materials, plus some sample essays, are below.

This is the PowerPoint presentation I use in class:
Cause and Effect Essays Samples and Rubric.pptx

This website gives a good explanation of cause and effect essays if you want a different explanation than what I present in class:
http://www.buowl.boun.edu.tr/students/types%20of%20essays/Cause%20and%20effect%20Essay.htm


The cause and effect essay assignment:
  1. The formatting standards and list of topics are in the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. You must use the new template, Essay Template.doc
  3. Your essay must be at least 250 words long.
  4. Your essay is due:
  • Classes 42 and 43: Wednesday, April 6
  • Class 41: Thursday, April 7
  • Class 44: Friday, April 8

Some sample Cause and Effect essays.

This is the essay I use in class:
Fast Food.pdf

Other good model cause and effect essays are at http://www.eslbee.com/cause_effect_essays_models.htm. Note that many of these samples follow a bit different format in that they may have many causes for one effect, or many effects from one cause, but the idea is the basic idea is the same: they all talk about causes and effects.