Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Essays



Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Essays, is concerned with only one type of writing : the essay. If you are in college , knowing how to write an essay is a practical matter of survival , for it is the basis of essay exams as well as student research papers. Even the most simple assignments , those asking you to summarize and comment on a text ,depending on your ability to understand the structure of an author’s argument.

Once you are out of college , you will find that the essay is the basis of nonfiction books, newspaper and magazine articles, speeches, legal briefs and opinions and persuasive business communications. Regardless of what profession you choose to enter you are going to be called on to use the principles you learned in writing the essay to present your ideas to others.


The purpose of writing an essay is to persuade an educated and critical , reader that your point of view on a topic is correct. You cannot do this by indulging in emotional pleas or by listing fact after innumerable fact. Instead , you must make a well-reasoned and coherent argument that is backed by authoritative evidence. The following chapters will teach you how to do this.

The first section of this book focuses on the development of thesis statement , a declarative sentence that tells your reader what you think about a topic. In order words, it is your opinion. It is also a response to what we have called the topic question. If you are in school , your teachers often will present you with a topic question in the form of an “essay question”. Your job is to answer that query and to organize an argument using the available sources. In this case, you may turn directly to Chapter “3” , “How to write a Thesis statement”. However, if you are writing a research paper in which you have to determine your own topic question, read Chapters “1” and “2”

Chapter “1” shows you how to explore a subject area and to find a topic that interests you. This is the first step in writing a research paper, and it is not as easy as it seems. You need to break down a large subject area into a smaller number of topics , which can be explored in the time and space available. You also need to ask questions -lots of questions – about your topic. This will help you to focus your thinking and to find an important question to write about .


Chapter “2” shows you how to identify the topic question that will direct your research and lead directly to your thesis statement. This is the most important feature of essay writing. If you do not have a topic question, you won’t be able to formulate a thesis statement.


Chapter”3” shows you how to turn your topic question into forceful thesis statement. It also provides you with ways to evaluate it. And finally , we wish you the best.









Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Essays, is concerned with only one type of writing : the essay. If you are in college , knowing how to write an essay is a practical matter of survival , for it is the basis of essay exams as well as student research papers. Even the most simple assignments , those asking you to summarize and comment on a text ,depending on your ability to understand the structure of an author’s argument.

Once you are out of college , you will find that the essay is the basis of nonfiction books, newspaper and magazine articles, speeches, legal briefs and opinions and persuasive business communications. Regardless of what profession you choose to enter you are going to be called on to use the principles you learned in writing the essay to present your ideas to others.


The purpose of writing an essay is to persuade an educated and critical , reader that your point of view on a topic is correct. You cannot do this by indulging in emotional pleas or by listing fact after innumerable fact. Instead , you must make a well-reasoned and coherent argument that is backed by authoritative evidence. The following chapters will teach you how to do this.

The first section of this book focuses on the development of thesis statement , a declarative sentence that tells your reader what you think about a topic. In order words, it is your opinion. It is also a response to what we have called the topic question. If you are in school , your teachers often will present you with a topic question in the form of an “essay question”. Your job is to answer that query and to organize an argument using the available sources. In this case, you may turn directly to Chapter “3” , “How to write a Thesis statement”. However, if you are writing a research paper in which you have to determine your own topic question, read Chapters “1” and “2”

Chapter “1” shows you how to explore a subject area and to find a topic that interests you. This is the first step in writing a research paper, and it is not as easy as it seems. You need to break down a large subject area into a smaller number of topics , which can be explored in the time and space available. You also need to ask questions -lots of questions – about your topic. This will help you to focus your thinking and to find an important question to write about .


Chapter “2” shows you how to identify the topic question that will direct your research and lead directly to your thesis statement. This is the most important feature of essay writing. If you do not have a topic question, you won’t be able to formulate a thesis statement.


Chapter”3” shows you how to turn your topic question into forceful thesis statement. It also provides you with ways to evaluate it. And finally , we wish you the best.



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