Essay Writing Resources

Parts of a Plot and Other Helpful Information ––iIK1pg/elements-of-literature

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Write Forward –

I am writing about _______________. I want my reader to know _____________________.

Then, write your lead. Consider circling back in your conclusion.

Write Backward –

Try to put your ephipany into words, then write about how you got there. Or write your last paragraph or two.

Consider Angle –

How are you going to tell the story?

Blow It Up

Add details and imagery. Think of all five senses.

ACT Sample Essay Prompt

This site has a sample prompt. student essays, and details about how they are scored:

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